World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev usually discusses tactics with his coach for five minutes but it took much longer to discuss the tactic for the US Open final against Novak Djokovic. Coach Gilles Cervara did an excellent job when it comes to the tactical part as Medvedev beat Djokovic in straight sets to lift his maiden Grand Slam title.
“Yes not one hour, but probably like 20-30 minutes, which is a lot for me. To beat him in a Slam, especially in the final of a slam and with him going for history, you need to be ready for everything he does and to have an answer for everything he does.
That’s what we managed to find for this match," Medvedev said, as revealed on Essentially Sports. Medvedev expects a different Djokovic when they meet next time. “For the next match, he’s going to be different and prepare differently, I’m going to try to adapt to it and then there are different conditions like what is the court, how are the balls.
Who’s playing better this day? All the details come across when you play one of the greatest," Medvedev explained.
Medvedev defended Djokovic
Djokovic refused to reveal his vaccination status and Medvedev came to the Serb's defence.
"Look, I really liked what Novak said the other day. Tennis is an individual sport and I never want to reveal medical information because my rivals would have information about my possible weaknesses. In this case it should be the same.
Vaccination is a decision personal and there is no reason to disclose information, I am not going to do it. Those who do not want to be vaccinated will claim to have some type of injury in order not to compete, without having to admit that they are unvaccinated.. As for me, I will only say that I want to play the tournament," Medvedev said.