Russian tennis superstar Daniil Medvedev felt he could have played much better at the Nitto ATP Finals last year and that he should have ended on the winning side against world No. 2 Rafael Nadal. Medvedev, ranked at No. 5 in the world, made nine finals last year and earned a chance to make his debut at the Nitto ATP Finals but a long 2019 season took a toll on him and he went 0-3 at The O2 Arena.
The loss that hurt the most was the one Medvedev suffered in his second group match as he was up 5-1 in the third set and had a match point before 19-time Grand Slam champion Nadal rallied back to win 6-7 (3) 6-3 7-6 (4).
The 24-year-old Russian's ATP Finals campaign also included straight-set losses against Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and Germany's Alexander Zverev respectively. "To be honest, my tennis could have been better, especially in the tight moments," Medvedev told tennis MAGAZINE.
"I should have won the match against Rafa. I hope I never lose a match like this again. "As for the enjoyment: being in the ATP Finals of the top eight is a dream for anyone who starts playing tennis. We see so many cities and tournaments, but London is the only one where we have our own dressing room and private bodyguard.
It shows that you are something special. "I hope that I can enjoy this feeling even more often. I'll work hard for that. Now it's time to go back to the normal changing rooms without bodyguards."