‘He’s a f***ing genius,’ French veteran lauds Daniil Medvedev after his US Open triumph

Daniil Medvedev stunned the world by beating Novak Djokovic in the final of the 2021 US Open after which, Gilles Simon has called him a genius.

Daniil Medvedev and Gilles Simon
Daniil Medvedev and Gilles Simon

World No.2 Daniil Medvedev denied Novak Djokovic the chance to create history. The Serb was looking to win his 21st major by completing the calendar slam but Medvedev beat him in the final of the US Open in straight sets 4-6,4-6,4-6.

Ever since his emphatic win, Medvedev has been receiving congratulatory messages from all over the world. Latest, French veteran Gilles Simon praises Medvedev and analyzed his game. He said that the Russian has a very unorthodox game which at times is very difficult to figure out.

“In his entourage, no one is going to piss him off on tactics. He’s the one who manages it, he sees everything better than anyone. This is not where you are going to advance him. People took a long time to understand his style of play because they are not used to it,” he said.

“For gamers, it’s different. When you faced him once, you understood! He’s a f***ing genius! I also like his game because, when he accelerates, it’s not brutal, it’s not violent. It’s all about timing, not brute force. He is not in the logic of 90% of guys, strokes the ball. He is a genuine player. It is a unique path, which is his. This is what I respect above all,” Simon added.

Interestingly, Simon, who is currently ranked No.100 in the world hasn’t lost a single match to Medvedev. He has beaten the Russian in all three of their previous meetings, the latest of which came at Marseille in 2020 on indoor hard courts.

Daniil Medvedev to next compete at the Laver Cup

Daniil Medvedev
Daniil Medvedev

On court, Medvedev will now be seen competing at the Laver Cup which commences on September 24 and will represent Team Europe. He will be the top ranked player in the team which consists of the very best players in Europe- Medvedev himself, French Open runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas, World No.4 Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev, Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud.

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