“Took Me by Surprise” – Naomi Osaka Mentions Daniil Medvedev While Revealing Fan Interaction

Published 08/28/2021, 12:04 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 23: Naomi Osaka of Japan speaks during media day prior to the the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 23, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)


There’s no doubt that men’s tennis is witnessing a new generation of players coming up. With Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic well past their thirties, younger players are making a name for themselves despite some of them yet to win a Grand Slam.

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One player who leads this new generation of players is Daniil Medvedev. Currently the World No. 2, the 25-year-old has already faced some of the best, including all of the ‘Big 3’.

Ahead of the opening rounds at the US Open, women’s World No. 3 Naomi Osaka narrated an interaction with a fan appreciating Medvedev.

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Naomi Osaka recalls fan admitting Daniil Medvedev as their favorite player

The best players in the world are in New York and not long remains for them to take to Flushing Meadows. Prior to their first round matches, they are carrying out media duties by taking part in press conferences.

During Osaka‘s press conference, the Japanese star mentioned a recent interaction she had with a fan. In that interaction, Osaka revealed, the fan revealed Medvedev as their favorite player. She mentioned how this augurs well for the future of tennis, as tennis fans take to new styles of playing the game.

She said“Let’s say it’s nice to see a lot of new players coming up. I was at the event in Queens yesterday, and there’s a kid that said Medvedev was his favorite player. And that kind of took me by surprise.”

“Because I’m used to people saying Federer is their favorite player and stuff like that. So, it’s just nice to see this newer generation coming up and people saying that they’re their favorites are getting used to their playing style as well.”

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Can Osaka defend her US Open title?

Earlier this week, the 23-year-old slipped to third in the WTA Rankings. In addition, she looks out of form, given her performances since returning to competition at the Tokyo Olympics.

Aug 18, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Naomi Osaka (JPN) reacts after returning a shot against Cori Gauff (USA) during the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

However, she arrives in Flushing Meadows as the defending champion. And despite her recent run, she remains one of the best players on hard courts on the WTA tour today.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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