Dominic Thiem has named Daniil Medvedev as the biggest threat to Novak Djokovic at the US Open.
Medvedev lost to Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open in February, and he has climbed to number two in the world rankings.
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Thiem himself are all missing the US Open due to injury, leaving Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Alexander Zverev as the favourites to challenge Djokovic.
Thiem, though, believes the Russian is the most likely to stop the Serbian.
“It is super different – super interesting to watch but very very tough to play,” Thiem told the Tennis Channel.
“Because he doesn’t miss and, great serve, great return. He’s really tall, but moves so well for such a big player.
“So he has no weakness, [and] that makes him very difficult. And also he’s super fit. That makes him, in my opinion, maybe the biggest challenge to Novak.
“He has that slight advantage to Stefanos and Sascha that he has already played two Slam finals.
“And I think each Slam final, if you lose it’s a bad experience. But still if you participate in it, a huge experience for the following ones.”
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