2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick thinks Daniil Medvedev deserves more attention and recognition. During an appearance on Tennis Channel, Roddick wondered why Medvedev's name never pops out in the "best at" category. According to Roddick, Medvedev's two-handed backhand is without a doubt one of the best in the game - if not the best.
"Why do we never talk about Daniil Medvedev as being the best at anything ever? Why did we never talk about him not missing a backhand for sets at a time and being able to return from deep on the court, being able to keep it low.
It’s a repeatable motion, it never goes off, he can stay in it. He won the US Open a couple of years ago, winning cross-court backhand rallies with Novak Djokovic, yet he is never ever the first name off of our lips with any conversation," Roddick said on Tennis Channel.
Roddick admires Medvedev's game
In the Indian Wells round-of-16, Medvedev delivered a stunning rant about the court conditions before proceeding to recover from a set down and beat Alexander Zverev in a thriller match. After the match, Roddick praised Medvedev's "problem-solving" and the Russian's ability to turn the things around when everything seemed to be against him.
"There’s not a lot of players who you can listen to a 90 second monolog on how much the surface sucks. Then he comes back and creates one of the best matches of the year so far. And he stays there and that’s just the way he ticks the idiosyncrasies.
I love it cause it never affects the way he competes. There's a difference between someone who complains about everything and who throws the toys around. But you know they’re going to be there at the next point. I got time for that guy.
We don’t give him enough credit for his problem-solving. He started coming forward a little bit more and he has to do that on the surface that he doesn’t like," Roddick said in March. After five consecutive finals reached on hard, Medvedev is hoping to also make some strong results during the clay season.
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