Daniil Medvedev has arguably been one of the most improved players on tour in the past couple of seasons. The Russian has reached two Grandslam finals, and went on an incredible 20-match winning streak which extended till the Australian Open finals.
Daniil Medvedev climbed to the second spot in the world rankings in March, after a successful start to the season. With his steep rise to fame, Medvedev is among the most popular stars on the ATP tour, and gets a fair share of limelight. During the post match conference at Canadian Masters, the Russian stated that he does not care about the hype, as it is a part of being a successful tennis player.
“I need to be completely honest: I don’t care about hype at all. Since I came on Tour, I think when I made it to the top 100, I was probably No 4 or 5 in my age, was quite big. I can tell you all the other guys was getting the hype. I was not, but I didn’t care. I wanted to be better. I wanted to just play good tennis,” he said.
“Of course you’re going to get the hype if you play good, if you make finals of Slams, win Masters, you’re going to have followers, you’re going to have more attention on yourself,” Medvedev added.
Daniil Medvedev stated that his main aim is to continue playing tennis, and win titles. Moreover, he wants to enjoy playing in front of the fans, after being forced to play behind closed doors due to the covid-19 pandemic.
“Me, the first thing is to just play good tennis, to win titles. That’s the first thing on my mind. Of course to enjoy the moments with the fans is always a pleasure, even if – again, the biggest example is US Open. Even if I was not easy with the crowd at first, it turned out into a great story and was super fun. I like things that are fun to live,” the Russian continued.
Daniil Medvedev reveals sheer disappointment following loss at Tokyo Olympics
Daniil Medvedev lost in the quarterfinals of Tokyo Olympics to Pablo Carreno Busta, and revealed his sheer disappointment. The Russian gave an example of Novak Djokovic, who also failed to win a medal and shared an account of the Serbian’s disappointment.
“When Novak lost, I saw all over social media what he said and he said, especially when he lost after the third place, he said that all his Olympics defeats were very tough, but then he came back only stronger and he knew that that would make him stronger,” he said. “I was, like, I was really disappointed with the way Olympics ended for me. Obviously if the guy who is probably the greatest tennis player of all time, 20 Slams, 37 Masters or whatever, says this, well, I have to, you know, kind of follow what he does,” said the Russian.
Daniil Medvedev revealed how he coped with the loss, as he came to Orlando to disconnect from the shocking defeat. He stated that after a few weeks of recovery, he has almost forgotten about the loss and is encouraged to perform well.
“I knew that I will be coming here, trying to disconnect a little bit, went to Orlando, no really strict rules there before coming here. Tried to disconnect from, yeah, from the loss, and now in a way I don’t remember it,” Medvedev added.