The line between effusive celebration and possible provocation is a very fine one. That happened to Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev during his victory over Jan-Lennard Struff in the Davis Cup semifinals. The number two in the world ended up justifying the celebration of him: "To be honest, if you wanted to celebrate after the game, you had to do something fun.
In our team, it is especially fun to see our Spanish coaches speaking in Russian. They know few words. When Cristiano played for Madrid, he used to do that when he celebrated. That is why we have done it. I felt it was funny, maybe it was wrong.
But it is what I did, and I take the consequences as I always do. Anything I do, especially on a tennis court, and more than in my normal life, are pure emotions. In life I am calmer. On a tennis court there is a lot of adrenaline running through my veins.
I hate to lose. I have less time and energy in those moments to stop and think. I let myself be carried away by emotions, sometimes good, other times bad, "he added in statements taken up by" Point of Break. " Medvedev insisted that “at other times in my career, I have not deliberately wanted to provoke the public, I do not do it on purpose.
When you play a game, you can have people against you, sometimes 50-50 and some in favor. If I do something that provokes them, I don't do it to make them feel bad or sad. I don't see anything wrong. If something creates a bad feeling, I have apologized in the past."
Finally, the Russian spoke about the eternal comparison that the NextGen members have with the Big-3: “I think that one of the hardest things about our current generation is the comparison with Roger and Rafa. They are two of the fairest and cleanest people in the history of sports.
Winning many titles, even playing together. Now, when someone in tennis is not like them, it tends to be said that why we do not look more like them. But it is that each one is different. When they retire there will also be new fans who will not have seen Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal live.
And they will begin to notice other personalities different from their own”.
Gonzalez pays tribute to Federer
Fernando Gonzalez expects Novak Djokovic to finish his career with more Major titles and better statistics than his great rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
The former World No. 5 believes, though, that there are factors other than records in the debate over who is the greatest player of all time. “In terms of the numbers, I’m sure Novak is going to end up with the most Grand Slams and maybe the best statistics, but for me there are other factors when you decide who is the greatest," Gonzalez continued.
"Novak is breaking all the records and it looks like he will continue to do that for a number of years." The 11-time ATP title winner suggested fans should determine who is best by picking who they enjoy watching most, highlighting Federer as his personal favorite.
“For me, you don’t just say this guy had the most the titles so he is the best," Gonzalez said. "You can pick who your favorite is for the way the three guys play. I prefer Roger. His one-handed backhand, serve and volley and his style is more classic.
When you watch Novak, he looks like he will never miss a ball and Rafa is running everywhere with pain all over his body, so it is tough to say who is the greatest”.