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Daniil Medvedev US Open 2021

‘You are the greatest’ – Daniil Medvedev recognises Novak Djokovic accomplishments

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Daniil Medvedev was full of admiration for Novak Djokovic while relishing his maiden Grand Slam triumph on the Arthur Ashe court.

The world number was humble in victory when addressing the crowd after stopping the Djokovic run in New York City.

Medvedev won in straight sets to secure his first Major title, upsetting the world number one and ending his Slam win streak at 27 matches.

“Well first of all, I think it’s the first time I’m so nervous saying my speech,” Medvedev admitted after taking the microphone in his on-court interview.

“Sorry for you fans and Novak [Djokovic]. Because we all know what he was going for today. And I just wanna say, [regardless of today] what you accomplished this year and throughout your career.

“I never said this to anybody, but I’ll say it right now. For me, you are the greatest tennis player in history.”

Djokovic remains on 20 Slam titles, the same as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, at the top of the standings for most men’s Slam singles titles.

“I want to thank you guys,” Medvedev continued to the crowd. “Today it was maybe a little bit more for Novak, but that’s completely understandable again.

“Throughout the week you gave me a lot of energy, starting from 2019 long ago. it held me to today. It was not easy but thanks a lot guys.”

The win for Medvedev means that for the first time since 1990, both the men’s and women’s singles champions at the US Open are first time winners.

In that year, Pete Sampras and Gabriela Sabatini each claimed their first Slam title.

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