Will Daniil Medvedev be the future king of hard-courts?


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Will Daniil Medvedev be the future king of hard-courts?

The final at the US Open, which came after the victory in Cincinnati, is a great business card for Daniil Medvedev. The Russian twenty-three years-old showed that with his tennis and his skills he can play (almost) on a par with the Big Three, especially on fast surfaces.

On hard-courts he is getting incredible results and with his young age he can still get so many improvements. In three weeks he got his first title in an ATP Masters 1000 and then his first Slam final. His style of play is unpredictable, made of changes of direction and shots which opponents read hardly.

Thanks to his tactical disorder he becomes a tennis player who does not give reference points to his opponent, putting him in difficulty, as seen also in the match against Nadal at Flushing Meadows. Since last season he is reaching, tournament after tournament, unimaginable improvements until two years ago.

In fact, unlike many of his other Next Generation colleagues like Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, he showed to have a mental solidity that only the great champions have. Different from Tsitsipas and Zverev's mental ability, he proved that in the future he may be the new king of hard-courts.

Now Medvedev will not only have to consolidate his new status, but he will also have to improve. By now he can touch the Big Three with his hand, but there is still one last step to be able to be at their level. With Dominic Thiem as future ruler on clay-courts, perhaps men's tennis found a new champion ready for fast surfaces.

Maybe the crowd, which in New York booed him, will be ready to love him just from the next tournaments. Who knows!