Daniil Medvedev candidly addressed Andrey Rublev's "Medvedev is killing you slowly remark" as the 2021 US Open champion said that fellow Russian "does not give me any other option." Prior to their ATP Finals match, Rublev very honestly revealed how he feels whenever he plays Medvedev.
"He's like when someone kill you slowly you know and you feel it that you are dying. If Alcaraz kill you fast and sometimes you don't notice, Medvedev is killing you slowly. He's over there, taking his time, enjoying the moment and you feel like you are dying little by little you know," Rublev told Tennis TV prior to his ATP Finals opener.
Medvedev on Rublev's comments
After saying that "Medvedev kills you slowly," Rublev was beaten by his friend in his Turin opener. Following a routine 6-4 6-2 win over Rublev, Medvedev was asked about the comments his good friends made before their match. "I like to play aggressive on my serve or the first shot after the return.
But Rublev plays such a style that he doesn’t give me any other option because I don’t have the power of Alcaraz or Tsitsipas on my forehand. So it’s a bit of a different style where I try to go left and right and use my opponent.
He’s very good at this game. What happens is we are both good at this game. As you could see in the first set, we have to run run run run run. That’s not the case against everyone. But against him, that’s the only chance I have," Medvedev said.
Medvedev missed out on break points in the first and third game but still earned the first break of the match in the seventh game. Medvedev then saved three break points in the eighth game and four more when serving for the set in the 10th game.
After winning the first set, Medvedev broke Rublev in the first and fifth games of the second set to complete a two-set win and improve to 7-2 in their head-to-head.