‘I was cramping’ – Daniil Medvedev says he was close to breakdown before sealing US Open win

US Open champion Daniil Medvedev admitted he was on the verge of physical breakdown when he beat Novak Djokovic in the final.

Medvedev beat the Serbian 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to win his maiden Grand Slam title in New York.

Djokovic was clearly struggling physically with fatigue, but Medvedev has revealed he was starting to struggle too, with championship point coming just in time.

“It’s tough to soak in,” Medvedev told Eurosport. “I am still cramping a little bit because of nerves.

“I was cramping in the last game of the match and I thought if I don’t make this game I was in big trouble to win these championships.

“I am just super happy because when I play against these guys, I’ve lost two finals.

“When I had Novak again, I was scared in a way because I thought if he destroys me one more time it will bring my confidence down. I’m really happy to win.”

Medvedev also offered some insight into how he went about trying to break down the world number one’s game.

“The funny thing about Novak is, with many players you need a plan in your head,” he said.

“With Novak, you need 15 because every game I’ve played with him, either that I’ve won or lost, was different. He was nervous, I was nervous – that’s tennis.

“He definitely could have played better, I could have played better. But my serve was really good today, I am really happy with it.

“I love my – we can call it Russian style – when I don’t celebrate too many victories. I try not to show too many emotions because it actually helps me. If I showed a lot of emotions there would be a lot of bad ones also.”

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