Daniil Medvedev: I know for what Rafael Nadal is going for

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Daniil Medvedev: I know for what Rafael Nadal is going for
Daniil Medvedev: I know for what Rafael Nadal is going for

World No. 21 Daniil Medvedev acknowledged that he is aware of what Rafael Nadal is going for and added that he is focused on his own thing. Medvedev, 25, is set to meet 20-time Grand Slam champion Nadal in the Australian Open final.

Medvedev is aiming to win his second Grand Slam, while Nadal is hoping to land a record-breaking 21st Major. "It's not me going for the 21st, not me trying to break these records. I'm going for my second one. I'm still far from all these things.

I can maybe compete with other guys who have won, but I won't even name them all, I don't know who has maybe two or one. So I'm just, you know, trying to focus on myself, doing my job," Medvedev said. "Of course, you know, I'm not lying, I know what's happening, I know what Rafa is going for, I knew what Novak was going for.

I'm not gonna say, Oh, yeah, I am trying not to listen about this. But it's kind of their thing, not mine. I'm just there to try to win the final."

Medvedev regrets his outburst

Medvedev exploded after losing the second set of his Australian Open semifinal match against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Medvedev was screaming and at one point called the chair umpire "small cat." "I regret it all the time, because I don't think it's nice. I know that he's -- I know that every referee is trying to do their best," Medvedev said.

"But, yeah, when you are there, tennis, we don't fight with the fists, but tennis is a fight. It's a one-on-one against another player. So I'm actually really respectful to players who never, almost never show their emotions because, I mean, it's tough, it's tough, because I get, I can get really emotional. I have been working on it."

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