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