Daniil Medvedev: I acted immature, I don't want to be remembered for my tantrums
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Daniil Medvedev admitted his behavior during the Alexander Zverev match was "immature" and noted he does not want to be remembered as someone who used to throw tantrums on the court. During his Indian Wells round-of-16 match against Zverev, Medvedev said the court conditions in Indian Wells were "a freaking disgrace" and also added it was "awful to consider this court a hard court." Medvedev was able to recover from a set down and beat Zverev in three sets but after the match said the meltdown wasn't something that helped him.
"Not at all. I do think it actually distracts me and I would be better just shutting up and playing. That’s what I should do. But at the same time, that’s how I am. When I was much younger, I was actually much worse.
I tried to mature, if we can say like this. I do think that in many aspects of my life and in my tennis career I matured a lot. And better than I was three, four years ago. The attitude I had on the court today and with Ivashka was immature," Medvedev said.
Medvedev: I don't want to be remembered for my tantrums
"But that’s something I’m going to try to work throughout my whole career, because I want to be remembered not definitely for my tantrums but more for my game and for my good parts of my personality.
I want to, yeah, have good relationship with all the guys on the court, because I can also understand that this can distract my opponent, and that’s not what I want. I don’t care to win a match distracting my opponent.
I want to win it normally. Yeah, that’s something I work on constantly. I’m sure I’m going to only improve and improve on this case," Medvedev added. Medvedev, 27, was more prone to tantrums and meltdowns at the start of his career.
In the last few years, Medvedev has improved that aspect but he still occasionally throws a tantrum or experiences a meltdown on the court.