Daniil Medvedev is certainly not a great lover of clay and grass, the two surfaces that enhance his playing style less than him. The world number 2 has done everything possible in recent months, reaching the quarterfinals at Roland Garros and the round of 16 at Wimbledon.
In Paris his race was interrupted by Stefanos Tsitsipas, while he may have some regrets for missing a great opportunity in London. Ahead two sets to one against Hubert Hurkacz before the suspension due to rain, the Russian did not understand anything the following day on Center Court, letting himself recover and giving in to the fifth.
A detail did not escape many fans and professionals: despite being the second seed, Daniil only played a fragment of the match on the main court during the Championships. Shortly before the Tokyo Olympics began, he was asked for an opinion on the matter.
Certainly, Roger Federer's possible last performance on Church Road didn't help the organizers.
Medvedev got to play just one match on the Centre Court
“In fact, at Wimbledon, there was a somewhat logical story.
There should have been two men when the top of the bracket played – they were Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Accordingly, when it was our day, there was supposed to be the only men’s match. The organizers put Roger Federer there and this is understandable.
Every year can be the last for him in his career, he is a legend of sports, so everything is fine here,” said Daniil Medvedev in the interview. In the same interview, he expressed that he surely wanted to play more on the Center Court but didn’t mind leaving it for Federer.
He stated that the Swiss Maestro is a legend of the sport and thus deserves to play there before him. “Naturally, there is resentment. I wanted to play on the central court of Wimbledon, being the second racket of the world, but there is a logical explanation for everything, so I don’t really worry about this.
Again, Roger is ten times the legend … But what is ten – a hundred times more legendary than I am. So it’s okay,” added the World No. 2 player. The 20-time Grand Slam winner, who turns 40 next month, decided not to travel to Tokyo for the Olympic Games after his quarter-final exit at Wimbledon.
The Swiss was defeated by Poland's Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets at the All England Club. Federer was recently spotted on the island of Losinj in Croatia where his coach Ivan Ljubicic is setting up a tennis academy. Some pictures from his trip have also surfaced online.