Daniil Medvedev: 'Roger Federer didn't have the money when he was 18'


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Daniil Medvedev: 'Roger Federer didn't have the money when he was 18'

Daniil Medvedev earned almost $7 million prize money tournaments and he signed deals with three companies after losing the US Open final to Rafael Nadal. The Russian player believes that, like every top player, he did a huge work in order to have the best possible team and cope with all the costs.

"I mean, I'm sure, let's say Roger Federer, he didn't have the money when he was 18", said Medvedev. "So he worked to have the money to, let's say, have the best recovery in Grand Slam possible.

I'm sure he does a lot more things than me. It's like -- it's a very tough question, because nobody, almost nobody had it at the beginning, so you work to be at the top to have some benefits, and this is one of them.

I don't see why it should be only this one, shouldn't be the benefit. If you have the money to afford, okay, that's where you win." In an interview to W Radio Colombia the organizer Manuel Mate spoke about the upcoming exhibition match between Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro that will take place this month.

Mate said: "It's a long process of years, like with all the other events that we organize. We took care about the whole schedule, from when they arrive to when they leave. It's not just the match itself but also many other important activities like the press conference and clinics.

The transportation, televisions, security, communication. It's not just about having partners but working on all the things that can help this event to do as best as possible. It will be pretty special. It's big projects, not easy, it takes two years, there are also some risks but it's not the first time we hold this kind of events in Colombia as Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras played here in 2010.

We know how to do it. It's going very well. We were the first people who got this idea."