With 59 ATP wins, nine finals, two Masters 1000 crowns and the final at the US Open, Daniil Medvedev was one of the players of the previous season, losing ground a little bit in the closing stages and making a fresh start of 2020.
The Russian claimed four victories at the ATP Cup, leading Russian into the semi-final where he fell to Novak Djokovic after another epic encounter that lasted four two hours and 47 minutes. Withdrawing from the ASB Classic, Daniil saved the energy for the Australian Open where he challenged Djokovic in the fourth round 12 months ago, passing two obstacles to find himself in the last 32.
In the second round, he needed some time to crack the game of a qualifier Pedro Martinez, scoring a 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 triumph in two hours and nine minutes. The Russian had 40 winners and 25 unforced errors, suffering one break in the opener and delivering six on the other hand to move over the top.
Daniil thinks he can do many things much better but, at the moment, the most important thing was to go through in straight sets and save strength for the upcoming matches, facing Alexei Popyrin in the battle for the place in the last 16.
Also, Medvedev highlighted he always act naturally on the court, showing the real himself and never faking moves or emotions. "I think I can do many things better but you know how tennis players always search for perfection that doesn't exist.
The good thing is I won in straight sets today; I can take some rest and prepare for the next rival. I played that incredible point in the third game of the third set but it was tough for me to bring that game home with all the emotions and excitement.
On the other hand, if you are losing, a point like that can turn the scoreboard into your favor as you suddenly can't miss a ball. I always show myself on the court without faking anything, even though it gets me in a little bit of trouble sometimes."