Daniil Medvedev played an amazing 2021, especially on his beloved hardcourt. After being annihilated by Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final, the Russian used that experience to take revenge in the summer. Fresh from the disappointment at Wimbledon, the number 2 ATP did not shine even at the Tokyo Olympics (despite the conditions were ideal for his style of play).
Presenting himself in great form in Toronto, Daniil dominated the Canadian Masters 1000, struggling only against Hubert Hurkacz. Thanks also to a not impossible draw, the Muscovite tennis player made the big voice at the US Open by losing only one set until the final.
In front of him was Novak Djokovic, who was only one victory away from the 'Calendar Grand Slam' Intent on avenging the setback in Melbourne at the beginning of the year, Medvedev showed off a flawless performance against a subdued Nole to say the least.
He thus won the first Major of his career after two lost finals (at the US Open 2019 against Rafael Nadal and at the Australian Open 2021 against Djokovic). In a recent interview with the 'We Love Tennis' portal, Jean-Rene Lisnard praised the attitude of the Russian.
Lisnard praises Daniil Medvedev
"I immediately understood that he was a straightforward person with healthy values, someone who loved competition," he told WeLoveTennis. "Daniil Medvedev likes a challenge, he hates defeat, a bit like Rafael Nadal.
When I learned that he was playing Novak Djokovic [in the final of the US Open 2021], I was rather confident because I know that he learns from his mistakes, that he always wants to succeed. He has a faculty to understand things very quickly and to put them in place immediately.
Not all tennis players have this quality. If we add to this his pragmatism and his analytical skills, we quickly come to the conclusion that Daniil has an intelligence far above average." As well as his ability on the court, Medvedev was praised by Lisnard for his personality off it.
"He is a simple, approachable person who deviates a bit from the image of the capricious tennis star, the 42-year-old added. "He is not in the criticism. He has a monk-soldier side that respects the hierarchy. He also trusts and does not question the choices of his team."
The Indian Wells 2021 is scheduled to take place from October 4 to 17. Unfortunately, some of the big names, like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, are not going to be seen in the men’s draw. The Swiss ace and the Spanish star decided to end their seasons earlier last month, with both suffering from long-term injuries.