Dmitry Tursunov: Daniel Medvedev's game not fluid like Roger Federer's



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Dmitry Tursunov: Daniel Medvedev's game not fluid like Roger Federer's

Former Russian tennis player Dmitry Tursunov says Daniel Medvedev looks like "someone who shouldn't be playing tennis" but he finds a way to win matches and be successful. Medvedev, the highest-rated Russian tennis player, made his maiden Grand Slam final at the US Open last year, in which he fell just short to 19-time Major champion Rafael Nadal after a five-set battle.

Medvedev, ranked at No. 5 in the world, achieved a career-high ranking of No. 4 last year and won two Masters titles in Cincinnati and Shanghai. "He looks like someone who shouldn't be playing tennis. Very tall, lanky, shouldn't be very stable or fast around the court.

Game not fluid like Roger's. But he finds a way to put the ball in court with some weird spins. He finds a way to win with his head," Tursunov said in The Double Bagel Tennis Podcast.

But Tursunov says Medvedev is fun to watch

Medvedev started the season at the ATP Cup, where he won his first four singles matches before falling short to world No.

1 Novak Djokovic against Serbia in the semifinal. Medvedev, who was considered as a favorite for the Australian Open title, made the round-of-16 at Melbourne Park, before losing to Swiss Stan Wawrinka. "He's a bit of a troll.

The way he's playing is almost like he trolls people, it's kinda fun to watch," Tursunov added.

Tursunov also touched on rising Russian star Andrey Rublev, who had an outstanding start to the season. The 22-year-old Russian claimed back-to-back titles in Doha and Adelaide, before he was beaten by world No.

7 Alexander Zverev in the Australian Open round-of-16. Rublev played two more tournaments before the season was suspended as he made back-to-back quarterfinals in Rotterdam an Dubai. As a result of his great start to the season, Rublev is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No.

14 in the world. "I call him Tweek, from South Park. He's a little jumpy. Him working with Vicente helped him a lot. Fernando's kind of opposite, like water to fire. Very good combo. Andrey is quick to light up and it's good to have someone very calm, Hakuna matata-style coach," Tursunov said of Rublev.

Medvedev and Rublev are considered one of the most talented players from the younger generation and the hope is that one them will manage to win a Grand Slam title.