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Daniil Medvedev: “I Don’t Think I Have Changed as a Person”

Daniil Medvedev: “I Don’t Think I Have Changed as a Person”

Rising tennis sensation Daniil Medvedev states that ‘something clicked’ for him during the summer hardcourt season in the USA as he explains his, in the second half of the 2019 season.

Daniil Medvedev won his second successive ATP Tour Masters 1000 title at Shanghai Rolex Masters 2019 last week. The Russian stepped up to a whole new level this summer, reaching six consecutive finals including the US Open 2019. The 23-year-old has earned 4,350 ATP points in the last 11 weeks and rise to a career-high ranking of No.4 in the world.

Daniil Medvedev

Talking about how he became a more consistent and a better player, Medvedev said in the post-tournament press conference, “I think it’s everything together like something clicked in my game in the USA. I don’t know why. I think it’s just the hard work that I have been doing.”

Daniil Medvedev explained that he started to understand the game even more from the last three months. He continued, “But I started to understand even more about my game, even more, I would say about my serve, about my volley, about everything, like kind of what do I have to do when?”

Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev admits that he could have lost the close matches as he does not possess any fervent or powerful shots like his opponents but he prevailed because he tries to play what he suggests as smart tennis.

“That’s why many of these matches, as I say, I could have lost at least three sets here but finally didn’t lose one,” Medvedev said. “That’s why, yeah, crucial moments I kind of know what do I have to do and where do I have to play? If I have to play it with spin or slice or drop shot, stuff like this.”

Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev, however, explained that he has not changed as a person and developed as a player. He revealed that as a person, he had changed a year back and he is the same person that he was 11 weeks ago.

The Russian said: “Honestly, I don’t think I have changed as a person. As I say, as a tennis player, I maybe started to understand something more about myself, and I’m not really sure what.”

He concluded, “As a person, I think I have changed about a year ago, or throughout this year I was changing a little bit, but I don’t think that something changed 11 weeks before and that this made the change in my tennis.”

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