Daniil Medvedev explains why he usually avoids declaring himself a favorite

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Daniil Medvedev explains why he usually avoids declaring himself a favorite

Daniil Medvedev suggests he will never declare himself a favorite to win a tournament because he feels that can only bring bad luck. Medvedev, 26, is competing at the ATP Finals. In the past two years, Medvedev made back-to-back ATP Finals.

When asked about his chances at this year's ATP Finals, Medvedev refused to say he was the favorite to win it all. "I cannot answer this question because I hope it's me. But I'm not the kind of guy that's going to be like, 'It's me winning this week.'

It's almost a superstition, that 'Then he's not going to do it.' I hope I'm going to play some good tennis and try to make lt," Medvedev said, per the ATP website.

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Medvedev was handed a tough group as he is set to play Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev in the group stage. If Medvedev makes it out of his group, he could potentially meet Rafael Nadal in the semifinal or final.

"Its great tournament. From the first day, you practise with our opponents and rivals in this tournament because you have no other choice. Of course you have hitting partners, but you want to also play sets against top opponents.

This feeling when you're waiting for the groups to come out to know who you can practise with from the other group, to not practise with your opponents — that's a lot of fun. From the first match, you're going to play a tough opponent.

There is a special energy about this tournament and I absolutely love it, and I hope to show my best tennis. I'm feeling confident, but you never know before the first match," Medvedev added.