Tennis Analyst Believes Daniil Medvedev Is Not as ‘Beautiful to Watch’ as Djokovic, Nadal or Thiem

Published 11/24/2020, 8:19 AM EST
Tennis – ATP 500 – St Petersburg Open – St Petersburg, Russia – Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reacts during his second round match against Reilly Opelka of the U.S. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov


Daniil Medvedev’s name is currently dominating every major tennis headline. The Russian rightfully deserves all the praise after his recent success at the Rolex Paris Masters 2020 and the ATP Finals 2020. However, renowned journalist and tennis analyst, Steve Flink, recently said in an interview that Daniil Medvedev was not attractive or beautiful to watch at all while playing.

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At a time when almost everyone is praising the World No.4, Flink’s comments came as a surprise for the fans. Flink, a Sampras fan for long, said that Medvedev didn’t look like Thiem, Djoker, or Rafa at all.

“Honestly (I don’t mean to offend) he doesn’t even look like Djokovic, Nadal, or Thiem. He’s a great player, but aesthetically he’s the least beautiful to watch,” said Steve Flink.

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Recently, Medvedev defeated both Djokovic and Nadal in order to win his maiden ATP Finals title. Flink acknowledged that Medvedev was a great player but highlighted that he didn’t have the elegance of Sampras or Federer.

“However, he is an excellent tennis player”- Steve Flink on Daniil Medvedev

Russia’s Daniil Medvedev celebrates with the trophy after winning the final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

It is true that Flink didn’t notice anything spectacular in Medvedev’s gameplay. He even quoted that the Russian had a weird grip on his forehand.

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“He’s tall, has a weird grip on the forehand. However, he is an excellent tennis player,” added the American sports journalist.

Though Medvedev has not been able to impress Flink that much, the journalist admitted that he would be a great player. The Russian’s unbeaten streak so far is evidence of how well he can play under pressure. Interestingly, he won the ATP Finals after defeating the top 3 ATP players.

After ending his 2020 tennis season on a high, Medvedev will surely be aiming to win his maiden Grand Slam title soon. His fans hope that they would not have to wait long for it.

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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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