Renowned Russian Psychologist Makes Surprising Link of Daniil Medvedev’s New Look to His US Open 2021 Glory

Published 09/30/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Sep 10, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrates after match point against Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada (not pictured) on day twelve of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


Daniil Medvedev stunned the tennis world at US Open 2021 finals after a staggering win over the World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. With dropping just one set in the whole competition, Medvedev destroyed Djokovic in straight sets to claim his maiden Grand Slam title.

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Alexander Poleev, a Psychologist at the Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis, asserts that the flamboyant Russian’s astounding success was the motivation for a visit to the barbershop. After 16 long years, a Russian has captured the Grand Slam title.

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Russian Professor on Daniil Medvedev’s hairstyle

The World No.2, Daniil Medvedev showed some super resilience against Novak Djokovic in the finals of the US Open. As a result, Medvedev managed to lift the trophy at the Flushing Meadows. Russian Professor, Alexander Poleev claimed that Medvedev’s new haircut could be a symbol of high self-esteem.

Poleev said to Match TV, “He won a Grand Slam tournament, which the Russians hadn’t done for 16 years.  [He was] looking for an image of a winner. [And] a sharp jump in self-esteem among athletes is very common.”

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 TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The professor further added, “After victory, Medvedev believed in himself, believed that he could become a winner in the next tournaments – and this requires a short haircut. In the heat, the hair gets in the way.” Poleev also talked about the importance of gaining social status rather than earning money out of the victories.

Daniil Medvedev has certainly gained a lot of popularity after his victory at US Open 2021. Medvedev also lifted the trophy from Team Europe in Laver Cup.

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Medvedev at Laver Cup 2021

After an astonishing title victory at US Open, Medvedev made his debut at Laver Cup 2021. The Russian continued his US Open form and smashed Denis Shapovalov in an easy straight-sets win. He took Team Europe to the lead with 9-1 against Team World.

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Sep 26, 2021; Boston, MA, USA; Team Europe with the Laver Cup. Standing: Thomas Enqvist, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev, Casper Ruud. Front row: Feliciano Lopez, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berrettini at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Richard Cashin-USA TODAY Sports

Medvedev said, “I played unbelievable tennis, especially in the second set. I didn’t know what to expect because, after the US Open, I didn’t play for a week-and-a-half.” He added, “I came here, practiced as much as I could the last three days. I didn’t hit many balls but, surprisingly, I was feeling good.”

He will hope to continue his astounding form going forward as all eyes will be on him as the new year rolls around.

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Let us know what you make of Medvedev’s run in 2021 in the comments section below.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analyzing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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