Daniil Medvedev snubs Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for Novak Djokovic for one reason

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Medvedev faces Djokovic on Saturday night in the semi-final of the Cincinnati Masters.

The two recently met at the Monte Carlo Masters in April this year with Medvedev pulling off a huge upset in the quarter-finals to beat the world No 1.

And the Russian has looked in fine form this week at the Cincinnati Masters, not dropping a set though the opening four rounds.

Medvedev has been described as “uncomfortable” to play against by Stefanos Tsitsipas with his unconventional style of play.

But it’s clearly working for the 23-year-old, who last week reached the Rogers Cup final where he was defeated by top seed Nadal.

Djokovic is the only player of the top three who Medvedev has beaten.

And when choosing which player he admires the most out of the elite players, Medvedev admits Djokovic stands out the most because of their similar style.

“If you ask me who of the tennis players I admire the most it’s going to be probably Novak because he’s the closest one to the style I play,” he said on ATP Tennis TV.

“I love to watch him play, to see what he does good.

“That’s how I would describe myself also, a kind of counter-attacking player which is really solid and doesn’t give an easy ball to his opponent.”

Djokovic won his maiden title at the Cincinnati Masters last year after defeating seven-time champion Federer in straight sets.

His return to Ohio marks the first tournament Djokovic has played since his win at Wimbledon last month as he looks to build up momentum heading into the US Open in two weeks’ time.

And just like Medvedev, the 32-year-old has looked in good form all week, coming through a tough draw with impressive wins over Sam Querrey and Lucas Pouille.

But the Serbian admitted after his quarter-final win over Pouille that he was feeling some pain in his elbow.

“I had some tightness, especially on my serve, and managed to finish the match which is great but the pain is there so hopefully I’ll have no pain tomorrow,” Djokovic said.

“I’m going to see right now after the match, so hopefully will be fine for tomorrow.”



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