Daniil Medvedev compares Dominic Thiem’s level with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal


Medvedev was beaten by Thiem (Picture: Getty)

Daniil Medvedev believes he and Dominic Thiem are able to produce the same level as Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal but admitted they lack the consistency of the ‘Big Three’.

Medvedev, the third seed from Russia, was beaten by Thiem, the No. 2 seed from Austria, in the semi-finals of the US Open on Friday night in New York.

Although it was a straight sets win for Thiem, the match lasted the best part of three hours, with Medvedev failing to convert a set point opportunity in both the second and third sets.

Thiem will now go on to face Alexander Zverev in the final as he looks to end his 0-3 run of defeats in the finals of Grand Slams.

He lost in five sets to Djokovic in the Australian Open final at the start of this year and has become the biggest challenger to Federer, Djokovic and Nadal’s supremacy, with Medvedev not too far behind.

And the Russian feels that he and Thiem are now operating at an extremely high level, but it’s the consistency that separates the greats of the game apart.

‘Yeah, today he played like a real champion,’ Medvedev said of Thiem. ‘As I say, that’s actually the stress of ‘Big Three’. No matter which day you play them, it seems like they play the same level.

Thiem will take on Zverev next (Picture: Getty)

‘Talking about myself or Dominic, we can have these bad days where we can — maybe you can say I’m going to play to the backhand of Dominic and get some chances.

‘Well, not during this US Open or Australian Open. He’s playing really some great tennis, backhand, forehand, slice. Everything is there.

‘As I said, I tried to mix it up. I feel like I’ve done a lot of great things tonight, but just didn’t get it till the end.’

Medvedev was in a relaxed mood after his defeat and insisted he wouldn’t do much differently if he had his time again.

‘What I would do different in this semifinal? Probably not much,’ he added.

‘I mean, we can talk about some shots, losing concentration in the first set. But Dominic played really good.

‘Tennis is all about small points. Sometimes you win these points; sometimes you lose them. Today I lost the most important points. That’s how he got the win.

‘But I think it was really high-level tennis and Dominic was playing really good.’

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