Daniil Medvedev: 'I realized that I could beat players like Roger Federer'

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Daniil Medvedev: 'I realized that I could beat players like Roger Federer'

In press conference at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow Daniil Medvedev recalled his second round loss to Roger Federer at the Rolex Shanghai Masters. The Russian player lost in three sets, 6-4 4-6 6-4, and until 4-all third set the match could have gone on one side or the other.

Speaking about that, Medvedev - who had won the previous week his second career-title in Tokyo - said: 'This is a very good experience. I’ve only been on the Tour for the second year, didn't play as much against the best players.

I realized that I could beat players like Federer. I was very close, it was all about a couple of rallies. Everything could have turned my way.' Asked if he feels hinself at the top of his career, Medvedev replied: 'In Tokyo, I was definitely at the top of my career, all my strikes - the serve, the return - everything was perfect.

I could put in all my balls. Here at home, there was a bad feeling. First, I played a lot of tournaments in a row. Then there was a lot of business in Moscow not related to tennis, which is normal, I rarely come here. Plus, there is a different atmosphere.

The atmosphere is not quite like the one at your usual tournament where you just eat, sleep and train. There is no such a thing here. Everyone disturbs you, you need to do your own things. It was a bad feeling, but I am glad that everything went fine, that everything started like this.

The main thing is that I won. I hope I can go further.' Medvedev now feels a different person and player: 'I became more professional. Whatever I do in my life, I put tennis first. You need to sacrifice something. Someone may not like it, but there is nothing to bt done.

But thanks to this, I am moving forward.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title