I was not afraid at all against Rafael Nadal, says Daniil Medvedev


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I was not afraid at all against Rafael Nadal, says Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev was asked if his knees were shaking during his five-set US Open final loss to Rafael Nadal. The 23-year-old Russian player, speaking to reporters in St. Petersburg, said: "My knees did not shake at all, because I work a lot for it.

I was very happy for playing in front of 20,000 people who were eager to see a clash. And in the end, that's why in the third set, even when he was up a break, I fight on every ball. I was not afraid at all. I wanted to play against Nadal and in the end I made it although I got close to lose without fighting."

On his beginnigs, Medvedev added: "Huge thanks to my first coach Ekaterina Kryuchkova. She taught every kid to fight for every point. Her golden rule: you need to hit the ball over the net one more time than your opponent — that's the only way you can win a match.

I learned it and that's what I'm still doing. Then I went to France at the age of 18 years, even if the basics were placed in Russia, that's without any doubt." Medvedev also said he thinks Russia can win the Davis Cup in November and ATP Cup in 2020.

He also confessed: When I started to play tennis I didn't think I could achieve something. I could lay in the bed before faiing asleep after some US Open final and think "Wow, it should be cool to be there, playng the final, everybody is chantng your name."