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Sport Novak Djokovic 'owes Daniil Medvedev dinner' after Russia keep Serbia alive in Davis Cup

02:15  30 november  2021
02:15  30 november  2021 Source:   express.co.uk

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Daniil Medvedev , the only man ranked behind Novak Djokovic , has admitted that "some people from Serbia " messaged the Russian team during a dramatic day in which they ousted champions Spain to keep Djokovic 's side in the Davis Cup . The Russian Tennis Federation will return to Madrid to face Sweden in the quarterfinals after Medvedev and his teammates won first place in their group despite losing the “I think we will not do this during the tournament," replied Medvedev when he was later asked whether Medvedev would buy him dinner in return for the result. "But another day – we'll see.

Paris: Novak Djokovic and Nikola Cacic lost a dramatic deciding tie-break in their doubles rubber as Serbia suffered a shock defeat by Germany in the Davis Cup Finals, while Daniil Medvedev helped the Russian Tennis Federation to an opening win. World number one Djokovic had drawn Serbia level in Djokovic is hoping to cap a brilliant season, which saw him only miss out on a calendar Grand Slam with defeat by Medvedev in the US Open final, by helping his country win the Davis Cup for the first time since 2010. The Russians , among the title favourites, made a perfect start to their campaign

Novak Djokovic's friendship with Daniil Medvedev is continuing to blossom at this week's Davis Cup Finals. The Russian has been the world No 1's biggest rival of the 2021 season but the pair have enjoyed spending time off the court together, and recently practiced with one another before the Paris Masters. The US Open champion has now asked his rival and new friend to buy him dinner after the Russian Tennis Federation helped Serbia stay alive in the Davis Cup.

Djokovic and Medvedev have been the most successful players this year, ending 2021 holding the top two spots of the rankings, and have enjoyed a competitive rivalry this season.

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Representing Serbia , Djokovic led the Serbian national team to their first Davis Cup title in 2010 and to the inaugural ATP Cup title in 2020. Moreover, he won the bronze medal for Serbia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In the ATP Finals, Djokovic lost to Daniil Medvedev in straight sets but defeated Alexander Zverev and Diego Schwartzman in straight sets to qualify for the semifinals. He then lost his semifinal match to Dominic Thiem in three sets.[251]. On 21 December, Djokovic reached his 300th career week as the number 1 ranked singles tennis player, becoming the second player in ATP history

Novak Djokovic 's Serbia took the best runners-up spot and a place in the last eight. (Twitter/ Davis Cup ). Open champion Daniil Medvedev settled any Russian nerves in the second singles rubber against Pablo Carreno Busta after making a blistering start to the first set, racing into a 4-0 lead in under 11 minutes, before taking it 6-2. The world number two made hard work of the second, eventually coming through in a tiebreak to win the match and take the tie to a doubles decider, with Russia dramatically edging a tight tussle to end Spain’s hopes of retaining their title.

The pair met three times, including in the finals of both hard-court Grand Slams this year - the Australian Open and US Open.

While it was the Serb who defeated Medvedev in straight sets to win his ninth Australian Open crown, the world No 2 was able to stop Djokovic from achieving the Calendar Grand Slam and a record 21st Major title when he beat him 6-4 6-4 6-4 in the US Open final to pick up his first Slam title.

They also faced off in the final of the recent Paris Masters, with the world No 1 coming from a set down to defeat the 25-year-old and pick up a record 37th Masters 1000 title.

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Novak Djokovic has struck up a friendship with rival Daniil Medvedev © Getty Novak Djokovic has struck up a friendship with rival Daniil Medvedev

It was in Paris where the top two players spent some time together away from the match court, arriving a few days early to practice together in what was Djokovic's first tournament since his devastating US Open final loss at the hands of the Russian.

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Novak Djokovic eased past Dennis Novak 6-3 6-2 to secure a 2-0 win over Austria in Group F at the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals in Innsbruck. Djokovic did not face a break point and won nine of the last eleven games to seal the win after 60 minutes. However, Russia battled back with world No.2 Daniil Medvedev levelling the tie with a 6-2, 7-6(3), win over Pablo Carreno-Busta. Then in the doubles Rublev and Aslan Karatsev battled back from a set down to prevail 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, over Lopez and Marcel Granollers.

Novak Djokovic and Nikola Cacic lost a dramatic deciding tie-break in their doubles rubber as Serbia suffered a shock defeat by Germany in the Davis Cup Finals, while Daniil Medvedev helped the Russian Tennis Federation to an opening win. World number one Djokovic had drawn Serbia level in their second group-stage tie by beating Jan-Lennard Struff after Filip Krajinovic’s loss to Dominik Koepfer. But the 20-time Grand Slam singles champion and Cacic slipped to a 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) defeat by Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz, who got over the line on their third match point in Innsbruck.

Medvedev later opened up on his friendship with the 20-time Grand Slam champion, speaking about their Paris practice session.

"Since I have become Top 10, I haven't played him in training sessions. I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know if he had trained a lot or not," he said ahead of the tournament earlier this month.

"I had anticipated this as a good training session and it was wonderful. We played for two hours, one set, and it was great. Then we talked for 15, 20 minutes, I love talking with him. I think I can say that he's a friend... It's really seldom that No 1 and No 2 have a training session together."

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Now, Medvedev has hinted that his friend and rival has been sending him text messages during the Davis Cup Finals, as the Russian Tennis Federation defeated defending champions Spain in a decisive rubber in the group stages to keep Djokovic's Team Serbia alive and allow them to advance to the quarter-finals.

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Novak Djokovic and Nikola Cacic lost a dramatic deciding tie-break in their doubles rubber as Serbia suffered a shock defeat by Germany in the Davis Cup Finals, while Daniil Medvedev helped the Russi… World number one Djokovic had drawn Serbia level in their second group-stage tie by beating Jan-Lennard Struff after Filip Krajinovic's loss to Dominik Koepfer. But the 20-time Grand Slam singles champion and Cacic slipped to a 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) defeat by Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz, who got over the line on their third match point in Innsbruck.

Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev gained a valuable experience when he played Novak Djokovic in the Davis Cup in 2017. Back the, Russia was playing Serbia in an away tie and the whole stadium was rooting for Djokovic . Medvedev made a positive start to his match against Djokovic as he won the opener but the Serb stormed back to win in four sets. Medvedev will find himself in a similar situation this week as Russia is set to battle Spain and Ecuador in Madrid in the group stage of the Davis Cup Finals.

"It's funny, because during the match, we were getting messages from some people in Serbia, let's call it that, because I won't say who, and not just me, but a lot of us saying, go ahead, guys, we believe in you," the 25-year-old said, after Andrey Rublev and Aslan Karatsev clinched a victory over Spain in the decisive doubles rubber to help the RTF go top of their Davis Cup group, and help Serbia get a place in the quarter-finals as one of the two best runner-ups, alongside Sweden.

"We just wanted to win the game, and we are really happy that we did."

The world No 2 was asked whether Djokovic owed him a dinner at a restaurant, and he joked: "I think we're not going to do it during the tournament. But maybe one day we'll see."

The Russian Tennis Federation kept Serbia alive in the Davis Cup with their win over Spain © Getty The Russian Tennis Federation kept Serbia alive in the Davis Cup with their win over Spain

Earlier this month, Greg Rusedski spoke exclusively to Express Sport and shared his opinion on the friendship between the top two male players in the world.

"We're very politically and corporately correct so I think Nadal and Federer are basically really good mates, they get along with Novak but it's not the same sort of admiration for each other," the 1997 US Open finalist admitted.

"With Medvedev, I think Medvedev and Djokovic really get on because they practiced together when Daniil wasn't really a big name and the world No 2 so they have a lot of mutual respect.

"But when you start losing to somebody consistently or beating someone, you'll have the friendship but it gets a little bit more difficult."

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Russia claimed a third Davis Cup title on Sunday after Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev both won their singles matches to defeat Croatia. Medvedev's 7-6 (9/7), 6-2 victory over Marin Cilic came after Rublev had earlier prevailed 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) over Borna Gojo, giving Russia an unassailable 2-0 lead in Madrid. Croatia's greatest chance would have been in the doubles with world number one pair Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, but they always needed a surprise in the singles to take the tie to the final rubber.

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