World No. 5 Russian Daniil Medvedev says he has taken a more professional approach to the sport and has dedicated his life to tennis as he wants to become better and win more, in a recent interview to the ATP Tour.
Daniil Medvedev on being more professional and his drive to succeed
The Russian has had an incredible rise in the sport and spoke about the same in the recent ATP Uncovered show.
“The past two-and-a-half years I tried to be really professional in everything I do. I dedicated my life to tennis, the small details. I want to be better, I want to play better. I want to win more matches than I win even now.
That’s my goal and that’s what I’m working for”. The Russian, who began playing tennis at the age of 6, won more matches than any other player on the tour last year and says he wants to continue to maintain his level in the future as well.
"Winning so many matches is not just luck. I am happy to maintain my level and hopefully I can do it for many more months and years”. The 24 year old Medvedev also highlighted the importance of mental toughness in sports.
"Every one-on-one sport is all about mentality. Every tournament that you play, to win it you need to win five matches against five real guys. All of them want to win this tournament. You need to be stronger than them. You need to break each of these guys mentally every match and that’s really tough, especially in [the] semi-finals and finals where you play top players and they try to break you and they are better at it.
It’s only you against your opponent”. Daniil Medvedev has won seven ATP singles titles in his career - three of those titles in 2018 and four of them in 2019. Last year, he reached six consecutive tournament finals, including Washington, Montreal, Cincinnati, the US Open, St.
Petersburg Open and Shanghai. He has peaked at No. 4 in the world rankings and has won over $11 million in prize money so far.