“Bit Like Rafael Nadal”: French Tennis Player Reveals Daniil Medvedev Hates To Lose

Published 10/01/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
Daniil Medvedev of Russia and Rafael Nadal of Spain stand together before their Men’s Singles final match on day fourteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 08, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


World No.2 Daniil Medvedev denied Novak Djokovic his Calendar Slam at the US Open 2021. He played some brilliant tennis to win his first Grand Slam title in New York. Interestingly, he thrashed the Serbian legend in straight sets in the finals.

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Medvedev played well even at the Laver Cup 2021. He crushed Denis Shapovalov in straight sets and helped his ‘Team Europe’ to defend their title in Boston.

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Jean-Rene Lisnard reveals that Daniil Medvedev hates to lose

In a recent interview to welovetennis.fr, French tennis player Jean-Rene Lisnard hailed Medvedev after his US Open 2021 triumph. He was the one who helped the World No.2 when he first arrived in France as a junior player. Interestingly, he disclosed that the Russian has an attitude like Rafael Nadal and hates to lose any match.

Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 21, 2020. Russia’s Daniil Medvedev with Spain’s Rafael Nadal after winning their semi-final match REUTERS/Toby Melville

“I immediately understood that he was someone of right with healthy values, someone who loved competence. Daniil likes cha ?? lege, he hates defeat, a bit like Rafael Nadal. When I learned that he was playing Novak Djokovic, I was rather confident because I know that he learns from his mistakes, that he always wants to succeed,” said Lisnard. (Translated via Google Translate)

Lisnard mentioned that he was confident of Medvedev’s win against Djokovic at the US Open 2021 finals. He even stated that the 25-year-old understands things very quickly and always learns from his mistakes.

“He has a ability to understand things very quickly and to set them up immediately. Not all tennis players have this quality. If we add to this his pragmaticism and analytical ability, we quickly come to the conclusion that Daniil has a much higher-than-average intelligence,” added the French player.

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“A simple, accessible person”- Lisnard on Medvedev

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In the same interview, Lisnard also talked about the personal character of Medvedev. The 41-year-old highlighted that the Russian is a really simple, accessible, and team person.

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrates with the championship trophy after his match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia (not pictured) in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

“He is a simple, accessible person who departs a little from the image of the capricious tennis star… He has a monk-soldier side that respects the hierarchy and also trusts and does not question his team’s choices,” concluded Lisnard.

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Daniil Medvedev will be playing at the Indian Wells Masters 2021 after his US Open and Laver Cup glory. Fans have huge expectations from him and want him to keep playing with the same kind of momentum. Will he be able to conquer Indian Wells this year?

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