Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev gained a valuable experience when he played Novak Djokovic in the Davis Cup in 2017. Back the, Russia was playing Serbia in an away tie and the whole stadium was rooting for Djokovic. Medvedev made a positive start to his match against Djokovic as he won the opener but the Serb stormed back to win in four sets.
Medvedev will find himself in a similar situation this week as Russia is set to battle Spain and Ecuador in Madrid in the group stage of the Davis Cup Finals. "All the crowd was for him,” Medvedev recalled with a smile.
“That was one of the first times that I felt like, ‘yeah it’s actually possible to play when nobody is for you’, so there’s not going to be any surprise when the crowd goes crazy for Spain. “Let’s see how much, because sometimes it’s just a little bit, sometimes it’s a lot.
It’s going to be fun. It’s a great match-up, they have great players, but we have really good ones also”.
Medvedev determined to lead Russia to the title
"It doesn't matter who we play, which ranking, that's why Davis Cup is a special tournament.
Every match is a new challenge where you don't play just for yourself, you play for the country, and you try to get the point and move on. “No matter if you play Ecuador or Spain, who are the hosts, you just need to win every point in the encounter, and that's how you can win the whole thing”.
Medvedev arrived in a good form as he finished runner-up at the Paris Masters and ATP Finals. "Every tournament that I play I try to do my best,” explained Medvedev. “I had two really good tournaments with Paris and Torino, so I’m looking forward to trying to play my best for the team and trying to gain the points, because that's the most important [thing]: to win your match, to gain one point for your team, because every point counts. That's what's gonna be my goal”.