“Exactly the Same for Us”: Coach Cites Rafael Nadal’s Example to Advise Daniil Medvedev

Published 11/21/2021, 9:16 AM EST
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 has booked his place in the finals of the ATP Finals 2021. The  defending champion this year, he recently defeated Casper Ruud in the semi-finals of the tournament. The final scoreline of the match was 6-4, 6-2.

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Medvedev has played brilliantly well after the Wimbledon Championships 2021. He won the US Open and the National Bank Open 2021 title, ended up as the runner-up of the Paris Masters 2021 and is now in the finals of the ATP Finals 2021 as well.

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Coach Gilled Cervara reveals US Open 2021 win helped Daniil Medvedev to remain focussed

In a recent interview to atptour.com, Medvedev‘s coach, Gilles Cervara, disclosed how the US Open 2021 glory helped the Russian remain calm and focused.

Tennis – ATP Tour Finals – Turin, Italy – November 14, 2021. Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reacts during his group stage match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

“It helps you to try to keep focussing on the performance. When I say performance, it’s all the things around tennis: the physical side, mental side, the things we can still improve. There are a lot of things to improve all the time,” said Cervara in the interview.

He feels that there are still a number of things that Medvedev has to improve as a player.

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Cervara cites the example of Rafael Nadal to emphasize his point

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In the same interview, Cervara mentioned that when he was young, he used to read about Rafael Nadal saying that he needs to improve despite enjoying triumphs on the ATP Tour. He believes that it is the same case with Medvedev and him as both of them have to keep improving the small things even though they have been quite successful lately.

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates a shot during a match against Jack Sock of the United States on Day 5 during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Tennis Center on August 4, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

“Of course, the details are getting smaller and smaller. When I was younger, I read many times that Rafa said, ‘I need to improve this, this and this.’ I realised it’s exactly the same for us. It just becomes small details,” added the coach.

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Daniil Medvedev will face Alexander Zverev in the finals of the ATP Finals 2021 today. Will he be able to defend his title in Turin and end his season on a high?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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