“Was Already Close to Their Level When the Year Started”: Daniil Medvedev On Comparisons With Big 3

November 2, 2020 11:08 am

World No.6 Daniil Medvedev recently lost to Kevin Anderson in straight sets in the quarters of the Vienna Open 2020. He will now look to bounce back at the upcoming Rolex Paris Masters 2020.

Before the tournament, the Russian player addressed the media and made an astonishing claim that caught the attention of quite a number of fans. He claimed that he was close to the level of the ‘Big Three’ this year and had the potential to even beat them.

“I think I was already close to their level when the year started. Not the level of consistency. They have around 60 GS together, 57. So I’m not talking to be even close to them, but of course, in one particular match, I think I can beat them,” said Medvedev in the press conference.

Although Medvedev admitted that he was nowhere near in terms of the consistency of the ‘Big Three,’ he believes that he can beat anyone of them on his day.

The Russian player has played beautifully in the ATP tournaments but has not been consistent in the Grand Slams. He managed to reach the US Open 2019 finals, gave a tough fight to Rafael Nadal, but eventually lost to him.

“I’m ready to fight”- Daniil Medvedev ahead of Rolex Paris Masters 2020

Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his second round match against Reilly Opelka of the U.S. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Besides speaking about his potential and the ‘Big Three,’ Medvedev also said a few things about his 2020 season and the journey ahead. The 24-year-old revealed that he felt ready for the end of the season. But, he is ready to show his best yet again.

“I’m feeling not so bad. Physically and mentally I feel ready for the end of the season. I don’t feel burnt out. So that’s the most important. We see a lot of withdrawals, I’m ready to fight and ready to show my best,” added an energetic Medvedev.

It has not quite been the year that Medvedev would have wanted. Apart from finishing as one of the semi-finalists of the US Open 2020, he has not accomplished anything substantial.

Although he put up satisfactory performances, he was not able to handle the pressure during the big games. This is probably one of the last opportunities for Medvedev. Fans hope that he will end his 2020 season on a high by performing well at the Rolex Paris Masters 2020.




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