‘He gives you no time to think’ – Daniil Medvedev explains difference between facing Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Daniil Medvedev says the difference between playing Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic is that the Serbian deprives you of time to think.

Medvedev has now faced both Nadal and Djokovic in Grand Slam finals, and lost to both. Both matches were also on hardcourts, to he appears to be well positioned to compare the challenges that both present on the surface.

And, after suffering a straight-sets humbling by Djokovic, he was understandably impressed.

“Rafa gives you more time to think on the court. He’s amazing in defence and with his forehand.

“You think you’ve won the point and you get mad. But at least you have time to think, to adapt.

“Against Novak, I wanted to do different things, but he deprived me of time for that, he took the advantage in everything, very quickly.”

Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic Australian Open final

Sunday’s defeat left Medvedev still searching for his first Grand Slam title, but he believes he is getting closer all the time.

“I get closer because I gain experience each time, and that is the key.

“If I play Novak again here in the final, I will do things differently, on and off the court, because I will remember that deadly defeat.

“It doesn’t mean that I will necessarily win, but that’s the life of a tennis player.”

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