Daniil Medvedev ahead of Rafael Nadal clash: I like playing Big Three



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Daniil Medvedev ahead of Rafael Nadal clash: I like playing Big Three

Despite having a secured top place in Group Group Tokyo 1970, Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev came out to the court in his final Round Robin match at the Nitto ATP Finals determined to get a win. Medvedev, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No.

4 in the world, defeated world No. 9 Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-3 to finish the Round Robin stage with a perfect 3-0 record. Previously, Medvedev defeated world No. 7 Alexander Zverev in his opening match at The O2 Arena, before he saw off 17-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic in his following match.

"I was playing great in the two previous matches. I think it is always good to stay undefeated for the confidence. I wanted to win the match, so I am really happy that I have done it,” Medvedev said after beating Schwartzman, per the Nitto ATP Finals website.

“I was serving really good today, so that helped me a lot throughout all the match”.

Medvedev looking forward to facing Rafael Nadal

Medvedev, who is aiming to win his maiden Nitto ATP Finals title, is set to clash against 20-time Grand Slam champion Nadal in the semifinal at The O2 Arena.

"I like playing all of the [Big] Three. When I was so young, starting to hold the racquet and just started to be interested in tennis… I started to see Grand Slams," Medvedev said. "First it was Roger winning everything, then Rafa came and started to make his mark and then it was Novak.

It is a great pleasure to play against all of them and I am really looking forward to tomorrow”. Medvedev, who didn't claim a single win in his debut at the Nitto ATP Finals last year, shared words of encouragement for Schwartzman, who also finished his debut without a win at the tournament.

"[Going] 0-3 in your first Masters doesn't mean anything. I can say [that] with my experience that I had last year," Medvedev said. "Hopefully he can qualify for the next one." After a career-best year on the Tour, Schwartzman feels proud and looking forward to the upcoming challenges.

"I'm really proud because I did many great things in many different weeks this year. But also, I have the feeling in my body that I have to improve, because I want to be here again," Schwartzman said. "But to be here again, I have to do better."