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Novak Djokovic reacts to disappointing defeat to Daniil Medvedev

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Djokovic was well proven (Picture: Getty)

Novak Djokovic heaped praise on Daniil Medvedev after his disappointing defeat to the Russian at the ATP Finals, although he lamented a poor 15-minute period where he lost seven games in a row.

Djokovic, the world No. 1 from Serbia, went down 6-3 6-3 after being relentlessly squeezed by the Russian but he was disappointed by his level.

It was a particularly poor night for Djokovic on serve. He won only 57% of points on his serve, well below Medvedev’s total of 73%.

He hit an alarming 28 unforced errors and only 19 winners. Medvedev, by contrast, hit two more winners and 12 unforced errors.

Medvedev has secured his spot in the semi-finals but Djokovic will have to beat Alexander Zverev in what is essentially a quarter-final match to move to the next stage.

And he was frustrated that a severe dip in form cost him dearly.

‘I just had pretty bad seven games in a row that I lost from 3-2 up,’ said Djokovic. ‘In no time it was 6-3, 3-Love for him.

Medvedev was in great form (Picture: AFP via Getty)

‘Yeah, I cannot allow these things to happen when you’re playing one of the top players of the world.

‘He was just better, no question about it. I thought we started well, both of us. Up to 3-All it was quite an even match.

‘But then after, you know, just a very long game at 3-All, couple of game points haven’t capitalised on them, and after that break he was cruising.

‘And I made some unforced errors. I dropped the level of just I think the game and the fitness just in general. I just, yeah, struggled to kind of find the right rhythm for 15 minutes or so.

‘He used it, and then he held his serve all the way till the end. It was just difficult to break his serve. He’s serving tremendously well, moving great. Hasn’t given me too many unforced errors and free points.

‘Yeah, I mean, just not a great match from my side. I thought I could have and should have done better, but credit to him for playing on a high level.

Medvedev is the first Russian to reach the semi-finals since Nikolay Davydenko in 2009 and the fourth in total after Davydenko, Marat Safin and Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

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