Daniil Medvedev Expresses Gratitude to Idol Nikolay Davydenko for Inspiring Him at ATP Finals

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November 23, 2020 11:00 pm

Everything turned out great for Russia’s Daniil Medvedev as he swept away the last two tournaments of the season. In his 10-match winning streak, the 24-year-old won the Rolex Paris Masters and the ATP Finals – his biggest title yet. As he expressed his gratitude to everyone involved, World No. 4 also completed an amazing story for Russians in London.

The 2020 tour has been an exhausting year for all the tennis players, despite lesser events. With indications that the 2021 season will likely start the same, many have resigned from participation. However, most of the top players have remained committed to giving their best in this tiring situation.

Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Toby Melville

“Life in the bubble is not easy for anybody”: Daniil Medvedev

Daniil won against the defending finalist Dominic Thiem 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4. World No. 3 Austrian has been the finalist at the event for two consecutive years now. He also mentioned the difficulty of bubbles in tennis.

“Life in the bubble is not easy for anybody, I think we managed quite good. It’s a fun time, and of course, we are happy with last two tournaments,” said Medvedev. More than the players, the challenge for the organizers is big as they execute tournaments with enormous precautions and without any audience.

The Russian added, “Even though many many players say it’s not perfect but still really tough job to do tournaments nowadays.”

What’s actually came to be perfect for the Russian is a desired farewell at the O2 Arena in London.

“Thanks to Nikolay Davydenko for being an inspiration”: Medvedev

Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – Russia’s Daniil Medvedev celebrates with the trophy after winning the final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

A 9 ATP titles winner, Daniil became the second Russian after Nikolay Davydenko to lift the trophy in London. Interestingly, Nikolay won the first edition of London (2009) against Del Potro while Medvedev won the 12th and final edition.

“I always said before this tournament it would be an amazing story if here in London…where the tournament was for 11 years… the first champion would be Russian and last champion would be Russian too. So, a lot of thanks to Nikolay Davydenko for being an inspiration for many kids as me,” said Daniil.

The Russian said thank you to his coach, wife, family, and fans along with organizers, ball-boys, supervisors, and hotel staff. It is definitely a perfect end for the London ATP Finals, as well as for the Russian Daniil Medvedev.

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