Gilles Cervara, the coach of World No. 5 Daniil Medvedev says the Russian has an big competitive streak and wants to win at everything he plays, including video games. Cervara was interviewed by the ATP Tour website and said that the Russian's competitiveness is one of the key ingredients to his success on the court as well.
"[He loves] video games. He likes to play everything. He likes to win everything he plays. He also likes cars. Even with me when we play some games, it could even be video games. I like to play an NHL game. When we play, we fight to win.
When we play different things on the court, he wants to beat me and I feel if I beat him, it becomes important for him to play against me to beat me. He has this inside himself and I think it’s very, very important to be a top-level player.
If you don’t have this, it could be tough. It saves your life when you’re in trouble."
Djokovic, Federer and Nadal know how to maintain their energy through the year
The 24 year old Medvedev will be hoping to restart the year in good form after early exits in his last two events prior to the shutdown in March.
Cervara says that Medvedev is still learning how to maintain a high level of energy and motivation through the season - something which the top players already know. "He started to find a good thing in the beginning of the year and during these two indoor tournaments in Rotterdam and Marseille it was not that great.
It's tough to maintain a stable mentality or energy level for the whole year. That's something that he needs to build. The top players like Novak, like Wawrinka, Federer and Nadal of course, they know [themselves] so they’re better to maintain something better than the young players.
That’s also what Daniil is learning. The bad thing is the Tour stopped, because I think when Indian Wells was ready to start he was ready to have a high level." Daniil Medvedev has won seven ATP singles titles, including two Masters 1000 titles in his career so far.
The Russian had a big breakthrough in 2019 - by reaching six consecutive tournament finals in the second half of the season. Medvedev, who reached his first Grand Slam final at the US Open last year, will be one of the favourites in the two upcoming events in New York - with the absence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, he will be the third seed at the tournaments behind Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem.