Daniil Medvedev admits he sometimes "does not understand tennis completely" as even he seems not to be fully sure why he arrived in Turin feeling good despite a disappointing Paris Masters exit. After losing in his Paris Masters opener last year, Medvedev also went 0-3 at the ATP Finals.
This year, Medvedev again suffered a loss in his Paris opener - this time to Grigor Dimitrov. But unlike last year, Medvedev is off to a 2-0 start to this year's ATP Finals after clinching back-to-back straight-set wins over Andrey Rublev and Alexander Zverev.
Following a 7-6 (7) 6-4 win over Zverev and securing a semifinal ticket in Turin, Medvedev reflected on his strong start in Turin.
Medvedev: Sometimes I don't understand tennis completely
“Sometimes I don’t understand tennis completely.
I was just lost. Maybe it was the season itself. Maybe I was more tired. I didn’t feel good coming here. This year, not the case. For sure, tough loss against Grigor. I stayed in Paris for couple of days, but feeling not good, looking at other players compete, playing well, not a good feeling.
But I was like, OK, try to do my best on practice. I think I lost Wednesday and started practice on Sunday. I was feeling good on practice. Coming here, I was feeling only better and better before the first match. I was like, OK, it’s good that I feel like this.
Need to show it on the court. I managed to do it, so I’m really happy about it. But I still don’t know exactly why sometimes it’s not like this and sometimes it is like this," Medvedev explained. After failing to make it past the group stage last year, Medvedev is now guaranteed to at least play in the semifinal in Turin. It remains to be seen if an inspired Medvedev can win his second ATP Finals title this year.