Coach Gilles Cervara thought that Daniil Medvedev was missing the "energetic aspect" in the Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic. Earlier this year, Djokovic beat Medvedev 7-5 6-2 6-2 in the Australian Open final.
This past Sunday, Medvedev returned favor and beat Djokovic 6-4 6-4 6-4 in the US Open final. "In February, he was missing an invisible, energetic aspect. I don’t like the word mental, but it wasn’t up to par.
Daniil came out of two very strong matches in the quarter-finals and the semi-finals (no sets lost against Andrey Rublev then Stefanos Tsitsipas, editor’s note). I think with his inexperience in the Grand Slam finals he figured that was going to be enough and that was a real mistake.
Daniil and Francisca (Dauzet, his mental trainer) had noted this aspect in the debrief. Everyone on the team learned from this experience. It was a key to this final on our side. Novak’s level is something else, anyway, we were ready."
Cervara knew on what Medvedev needed to work before the US Open
"I can’t say it that way," Cervara said, when asked did Medvedev play the best tennis of his life at the US Open. "I can say that I had detected several areas of the game that weren’t up to par after the Olympics (quarterfinal loss to Carreño Busta) and that fed my training goals after Tokyo.
In New York, I saw that he was at the required level on all these points and that was decisive in his development to a very high level of tennis. But to say that this is “his best level” is too abstract for me. It’s a formula that can refer to playing all the balls hard and getting it all in.
His US Open was not like that. On the other hand, I note that he can slam an ace on every first and that he has a stable percentage. At 0-30 or 15-40, you know he can come back, and that’s very strong."