Daniil Medvedev's Heart-Warming Story About Novak Djokovic Suggests He's Actually An Alright Bloke
Novak Djokovic? A nice guy? Nah, surely not.
On the tennis court, there's no doubting that he's one of the best in the business.
But off it, well, that's an entirely different conversation altogether - just ask Nick Kyrgios.
Not everyone shares the same opinion, though, including Daniil Medvedev.
And the Russian's latest story about Djokovic suggests he could actually be a decent bloke after all.
Speaking after his Australian Open final defeat at the hands of Djokovic, world number four Medvedev shared an old memory and it goes some way to challenging the public's rather negative perception of the Serbian star.
"I first practiced with Novak when I was like 500, 600 in the world in Monaco," Medvedev said during the trophy presentations.
"He was already number one. Just won Wimbledon. I thought, 'Okay, he's not going to speak to me' or something, because the guy was a god for me.
"I came there. Because I was shy, I didn't speak. He was asking the questions, talking to me like a friend. I was really surprised. It never changed since I was 600 in the world or four in the world. You're a great sport, great person. So congratulations."
Djokovic then returned serve during his own speech, heaping praise on his Russian counterpart.
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"I would like to return nice words to Daniil. First of all, class act. You're a great guy, great person," the 18-time Grand Slam winner said.
"We used to spend more time together. We used to practice more in Monaco. You're not calling anymore, the last few years. But it's nice to see you're thinking good things about me.
"I really like Daniil as a person. Off the court he is great, always very friendly and very outgoing. On the court he is definitely one of the toughest players I have ever faced in my life.
"It's a matter of time when you're going to hold a Grand Slam - that's for sure. If you don't mind waiting a few more years.
"I would like everyone just to once more appreciate what he has done over a 20-match winning streak over the last couple of months. Amazing."
"It's a matter of time when you will win a Grand Slam...if you could just wait a few more years!"- Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) February 21, 2021
Novak Djokovic isn't quite ready to see Daniil Medvedev make his major breakthrough :laughing: pic.twitter.com/flevmdsCOW
When asked about the fond memory in his post-match press conference, Medvedev shared a different story highlighting another act of kindness from Djokovic.
"We had some other stories where he took me on a private jet to Serbia on Davis Cup," Medvedev added.
"Still I was just two weeks in the top hundred or something like this.
"Yeah, he was always really nice to me. He helped me a lot, I would say, for my confidence in my career."
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