Daniil Medvedev: I fighted until the end against Rafael Nadal in 2022 AO final
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Daniil Medvedev admits he was disappointed by the outcome of the 2022 Australian Open but noted that giving his absolute best against Rafael Nadal that day makes him feel better. In Indian Wells, Medvedev revealed that around four years ago he promised himself he would become more professional and approach his career more seriously.
In 2021, Medvedev defeated Novak Djokovic in the US Open for his first Grand Slam title. A few months later, Medvedev fell just short of winning his second Grand Slam title after Nadal recovered from two sets down to beat the Russian 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5 in the 2022 Australian Open final.
Medvedev recalls the Nadal loss in Melbourne: I fighted until the end
"Then at one moment I stopped this and I started being more professional about my career and my tennis. That’s when I set my most important goal is to have no regrets when I finish my career.
Meaning the match with Rafa, for sure I regret that I couldn’t win it and didn’t have my second slam. I was close, but I fighted. I fighted till the end. Maybe I missed some shots, but that’s sport. And I don’t want to be, yeah, when I’m 35 or whatever and I retire, I don’t want to say, like I heard some other tennis players do, if I would have done this different in my career, maybe my career would be better or I regret doing this.
I want to, when I finish my career, no matter how many slams, tournaments won, or whatever, just to know that I have done my best. So far I feel like I’m achieving my goal, even last year not the best year, but I was trying.
I was trying hard, and I was doing my best, and has been working this year. So that’s my biggest goal," Medvedev said. Medvedev, who is 27 years old, has had a successful career and he has accomplished the two most important things in the game - he is a Grand Slam champion and has been ranked at No 1 in the world.