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Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev are ‘the best players’ currently active says ATP star

Matteo Berrettini thinks Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev are a cut above the rest and are “the best players” currently competing for titles.

Between them, 20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic and World number two Medvedev won all four of the Grand Slams last season.

Medvedev won the US Open whilst Djokovic won the remaining three Slams in the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon to put himself level in the total Slam tally with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic was also chasing a historic record-breaking season as he vied to complete both a Calendar Slam and become the first male player to complete a Golden Slam.

However, the World number one’s dreams were crushed when he lost to Medvedev in the US Open final and Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals of the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

As a result of their dominant seasons, Italian star Matteo Berrettini feels the duo are the best active players and feels they will be the toughest matches at the ATP Cup.

Berrettini told Eurosport “he (Medvedev) is really solid. He is moving really well, playing deep, serving well, returning. I mean, he is not missing at all. He is playing good, especially on hard court.

“He is probably, I mean, together with Novak [Djokovic], the best player that we have now. And yeah, he is really tricky to play [against].

“Personally, last year, I struggled to play against him, but I work hard to be ready for this match, so we will see.

“We have to think about our first match first, and then about the others. But yeah, obviously, Russia with Daniil and what they have done in the last year (2021), is going to be one of the toughest matches we have to play,” the Italian claimed.

“I think, if it is possible, the [Italy] team is even stronger this year. So, for sure, our aim is to get [win] the title (the ATP Cup).

“We know it is going to be a tough job. Every match is going to be difficult, but we believe that we can do it.”

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