23-year old Daniil Medvedev is slowly turning himself into a star player, if he is not one already. Outside the big-three, Medvedev is probably one of the best players currently in tennis.
With a continuous rise in his career, Medvedev’s fan following is also bound to increase. Currently contesting in the Australian Open, Medvedev has won the first two rounds of the tournament with relative ease.
After his second-round win over Pedro Martinez Portero, Medvedev was asked about what a person can expect from him if they become a part of his increasing fan base.
“I should just say…I always show myself, don’t fake anything,” he said as per a video obtained from Tennis.com on Twitter. “I try to be myself even if it sometimes is in a negative way, unfortunately, but they will not get anything fake.”
Daniil Medvedev into the third round of Australian Open
After winning over Frances Tiafoe in the first round, Medvedev eased past Martinez in the second round in straight sets. Under a closed roof at the Margaret Court Arena, Medvedev beat Martinez 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 .
He plays Australia’s Alexei Popyrin next in Melbourne.
“It was not easy, especially the first set, but I managed to stay there the whole match and came through because he has less experience,” Medvedev said in the post-match press conference.
In the second set of the match, Medvedev suffered a nose bleed but managed to come over it to register his second win in the first Grand Slam of the year. Medvedev said that while the nose-bleed was something that happens to him, it wasn’t something that bothered him a lot during matches.
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“Well, I was bleeding from the nose, which can happen to me sometimes. (It) doesn’t usually happen during the match so I had to stop it,” he said.
“Usually takes like four minutes, three, four minutes. I called the physio so he could help me to stop it. But it’s nothing. Let’s say it happens maybe two times a year or maybe once. I remember it actually happened at last year’s Australian Open in the first round.”