Andy Roddick: Novak Djokovic the only one who can go toe-to-toe with Daniil Medvedev

Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick believes Novak Djokovic is the only player that can go toe-to-toe with Daniil Medvedev on hard courts. 

Medvedev has enjoyed lots of success on hard courts this year, winning the Cincinnati Masters, his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open, as well as an ATP 250 title in Marseille. 

Also, Medvedev ended runner-up at the Australian Open and Paris Masters 

On hard courts this year, Medvedev has been winning more return points than anyone else in the top-5. 

Also, Medvedev has been winning more than 90 percent of his first serve points. 

“I think Novak’s probably the only guy and vice versa that can go toe-to-toe consistently, stay in rallies with the other one. It’s become such an interesting cat and mouse between the two of them,” Roddick said during his appearance on Tennis Channel, when asked to break down Medvedev’s game. 

Medvedev dominated Casper Ruud

On Saturday, Medvedev stormed past world No. 8 Ruud 6-4 6-2 to reach back-to-back finals at the ATP Finals. 

After going up by a set and a break, Medvedev was keen on not losing his focus. 

“As soon as you are a set and a break up you feel like you are in control, but that is when the danger is,” Medvedev said in his on-court interview. “You need to stay focused and fight for every point. In the last game I had 0/30 on my serve, and until the last point, it is never over. So I am happy I was able to finish it.

“I think all the matches were a great level. Different opponents and different styles. I managed to win all the matches. It was not an easy match [today]. When you are in the final you can’t complain, so I am just looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully I can have my best match.”

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