The Russian Tennis Federation chief Shamil Tarpischev commented on Daniil Medvedev's three-set match win over Novak Djokovic in Toronto. Tarpischev, who often releases interviews speaking about his country's players, said: "Both players played at the limit, I liked the match a lot.
The win was not unexpected because Medvedev had already beaten Djokovic. Our player feels the ball and his movement well. For Medvedev, it's easier to face Djokovic than Nadal. Until the half of the second set he was staying behind the baseline, which Djokovic liked as he had a lot of time to prepare.
Daniil fixed it, the match got balanced and Daniil started serving better. He took risks hitting the first serve as strong as he did on the second." The Russian coach Vladimir Kamelzon said: "Congratulations. Those wins suggest Russia always had a good tennis school, the best in the world.
I am very happy with his semifinals, I had not seen a match like this for a long time. Medvedev's win over Djokovic is natural. The guy showed a great level. If Medvedev manages to fix his second serve return, he can do great.
I was up until 3:30 AM and it was a dream came true." Asked how he is managing to beat top players, Medvedev said: "At this moment, I can only do it against Novak, one of the big three. I won only three games against Rafa last week. I mean, I have not much to say."