DANIIL MEDVEDEV missed out on a second Grand Slam title after losing the Australian Open final to Rafael Nadal.
Novak Djokovic has revealed he was sent a classy text message from world No 2 Daniil Mededev just 45 minutes after the Russian had lost the Australian Open final to Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic himself was unable to compete in the event and defend his Grand Slam crown due to his vaccine status, and a declined visa by border control officials.
Upon arriving in Australia, the Serbian was detained in a quarantine hotel in Melbourne for a number of days, before finally being deported by Australian immigration minister Alex Hawke.
With Djokovic not competing, world No 2 Medvedev was tipped as the new tournament favourite, however he fell at the final hurdle to 21-time Grand Slam champion Nadal.
The Russian star found himself two sets up in the final, and one set away from the title.
However, a battling Nadal fought back to win a remarkable three sets on the bounce to make him the most successful male Grand Slam winner of all time.
Despite Medvedev’s heartbreak, Djokovic admitted that the Russian star sent a ‘supportive’ message to him just 45 minutes after his defeat to the Spaniard.
The world No 1 revealed all about the saga down under whilst speaking to Serbian broadcaster RTS.
Despite the Grand Slam setback, Djokovic admitted that his banning from the event has inspired him to play ‘better than ever’.
He commented: “I can’t say that things will be the same when I return to the court, but there is an additional reason to play better than ever.”
Following the chaos, the Serbian received widespread criticism for his attempt to enter Australia unvaccinated, however he has refused to be labelled as an anti-vaxxer.
He continued: “As a professional athlete, I triple-check everything that enters my body and how it affects me. If something changes for half a percent, I feel it.
“I don’t like to be associated with certain initiatives or communities. I never said I belong to any initiative.
“I keep an open mind… Everything is possible in life, we will see how the situation will evolve, but at the moment I decided not to do it [get vaccinated].”
His deportation from Australia was obviously tough to take, and a difficult time for Djokovic.
He did however reveal he was comforted by the support of his fellow pros, including Medvedev, and more surprisingly Nick Kyrgios.
The world No. 1 commented: “Kyrgios surprised me the most because we had our misunderstandings in the past.
“I thanked him and other players who stood with me — Medvedev, [Alexander] Zverev and plenty of female players like Alize Cornet.”