SHANGHAI, Oct 8: World No. 1 Novak Djokovic hailed Daniil Medvedev as a �very complete player� on Tuesday, having lost to the young Russian in their last two matches.
The 23-year-old Medvedev is at a career-high fourth in the world and reached the final at the US Open, only to be on the end of an agonising five-set loss to Rafael Nadal.
Medvedev has won three titles this year including beating Djokovic on the way to claiming victory at the Masters in Cincinnati in August.
�The last several months he�s been playing the tennis of his life,� Djokovic said at the Shanghai Masters, where he is the defending champion.
�He�s played finals at least in every event in the last whatever, five, six events, which is amazing.�
The 32-year-old from Serbia, who could again face Medvedev in the Shanghai semifinals, said it was hard to find a weakness in the Russian�s game.
�He�s improved his movement, his fitness. He�s got the big serve, he�s got the height and he uses angles very well,� said Djokovic.
�Backhand � hard to break that backhand, it�s very flat.
�He doesn�t make many mistakes and he can hit anything he wants from that corner.
�Forehand maybe has been his weaker side, but now he�s improved that, so he�s a very complete player.�
Medvedev, seeded three, starts his Shanghai Masters later on Tuesday against Britain�s Cameron Norrie. � AFP