Daniil Medvedev’s Coach States the Different Approach for US Open 2021 Compared to Australian Open 2021 Against Novak Djokovic

Published 09/16/2021, 11:42 AM EDT
SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 04: Daniil Medvedev of Russia practices with his coach, Gilles Cervara, at the Qi Zhong Tennis Centre on October 04, 2019 before the start of the Rolex Shanghai Masters in Shanghai, China. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)


World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev has been in sensational form during the hardcourt season in the North American region. He did the unthinkable by knocking off Novak Djokovic in the US Open final. In doing so, he stopped the Serb from winning his 21st Major. 

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Recently, Daniil Medvedev’s coach Gilles Cervara spoke on the changes they made to his game and strategy from the beginning of the year till now. He felt the Russian powerhouse was missing the energetic aspect of his game. He also felt he was slightly inexperienced and wasn’t ready for the grand stage. 

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; (L-R) Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrate with the finalist and championship trophies, respectively, after their match 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

Speaking on this topic, he stated, “In February, he was missing an invisible, energetic aspect. I don’t like the word mental, but it wasn’t up to par. Daniil came out of two very strong matches in the quarter-finals and the semi-finals. I think with his inexperience in the Grand Slam finals he figured that was going to be enough and that was a real mistake.” 

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Daniil Medvedev made changes during the 2021 season

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Earlier this season, Medvedev appointed a trainer for mental training. To overcome a player of Novak’s caliber is no mean feat. It is probably the toughest thing to achieve given his form this season. They added a member in the Medvedev camp after the Australian Open loss this season. 

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia (L) congratulates Daniil Medvedev of Russia (R) after their match 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: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The 40-year-old further added, “Daniil and Francisca (Dauzet, his mental trainer) had noted this aspect in the debrief. Everyone on the team learned from this experience. It was a key to this final on our side. Novak’s level is something else, anyway, we were ready.”

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At the moment, Daniil can rejoice in the occasion of winning his 1st Major. We wish him the very best for the rest of the season and it will be interesting to see how he performs in the next year. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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