“Need to Say It”: Daniil Medvedev Admits Chinese Fans Love Roger Federer the Most

Published 09/14/2021, 2:56 PM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland in action against David Goffin of Belgium on day six of 2019 Rolex Shanghai Masters at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)


World No.2 Daniil Medvedev emerged as the winner of the US Open 2021. Even though Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal didn’t play in New York, he defeated Novak Djokovic in the finals to clinch his first Grand Slam title. Surprisingly, he thrashed the Serbian legend in straight sets.

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In a recent interview to CGTN Sports Scene, Daniil Medvedev talked about his experience of playing in China. Even though he revealed that he gets a lot of affection and respect there, he claimed that the Chinese fans don’t love anyone more than Roger Federer.

“Yeah, I definitely miss the Chinese fans,” began Medvedev. “I mean they are so nice to everybody. Of course, they like Roger, I think the most, we need to say it.”

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Medvedev stated that he hopes to play in China next year as the Shanghai Masters got cancelled in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Interestingly, Medvedev is still the defending champion of the Masters 1000 event.

“It was special. It was a full stadium cheering me on and it was really great. I really like Chinese tournaments, especially Shanghai. I hope to comeback there as soon as possible. That’s all I can say,” added the US Open 2021 winner.

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Roger Federer has won the Shanghai Masters two times in his career

20-time Grand Slam winner, Federer, has won the Shanghai Masters two times in his career. He won it for first time in 2014 after defeating Gilles Simon in the finals and then went on to beat Rafael Nadal in straight sets to claim his second title in 2017.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts in the against Alexander Zverev of Germany during the Men’s singles Quarterfinals match of 2019 Rolex Shanghai Masters day seven at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

In 2017, the Chinese fans witnessed something intriguing from Federer. They saw the Swiss Maestro trying to speak Mandarin and he actually pronounced some words really well.

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Overall, it is Novak Djokovic who has won the Shanghai Masters the most times (4). Fans are looking forward for the tournament and hope that it takes place next year. Will Medvedev be able to defend his title in Shanghai?

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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 500 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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