Viktor Axelsen sang Lin Dan's praises following the former world number one's win in the final of the Japan Open title on Sunday.
The Dane was on top during crucial stages of his match with Dan, but the Chinese sensation twice found a way out of trouble in Tokyo.
In the opening game Axelsen surrendered a 14-11 lead, then in the final game the five-time world champion battled back from 11-3 down to clinch the title.
"He played really well when he was down," said the world number seven of Dan.
"I struggled to find high pace and to get the attack. His lifts were good quality and that made it hard for me to get anything to work with. He played some good counters and some surprising shots.
"I tried to attack, but his shots were good quality. He played a more clever game, didn't do many unforced errors."