'Roger Federer remains an amazing gamer and...', says ATP star

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'Roger Federer remains an amazing gamer and...', says ATP star

Daniil Medvedev is back and he did it with a victory that will fill him with confidence. The 25-year-old Russian tennis player and current world number three, debuted with his right foot at the Mutua Madrid Open and sealed his pass to the round of 16.

Medvedev, who had expressed his hatred of the clay tour in the previous one, took a long time, but entered the rhythm with authority on the track of the Manolo Santana. The Australian Open finalist reversed a set against and won 4-6, 6-4 and 6-2 over Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Daniil counted with five ‘aces’, 70% of effectiveness with the first service and he broke the serve to his opponent in five of the 16 opportunities that were generated. The home player ended up taking a toll on the physical issue.

Just the day before, he had struggled for more than three hours to defeat Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in a triple tiebreak, so he arrived with very fair forces to the match against the third-seeded. On his part, Medvedev just played his first game on brick dust of the season, after having been absent the last weeks of the circuit for having tested positive for Covid-19 prior to his participation in Monte Carlo.

Now in the next round, in the round of 16, the Russian tennis player will face the Chilean Cristian Garín, who at the same time left the German Dominik Koepfer on the road. Both players already have a precedent in the ATP circuit, which was in the 2019 Canadian Masters, where the Russian was left with the victory.

Daniil Medvedev - now 25 years old - is part of a new generation of players that have been trying to dethrone Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic from the top of the men's game.

Daniil Medvedev on facing Roger Federer

"All three are tough," Daniil Medvedev said.

"But when I played Roger Federer I was a worse player than now, which doesn't mean anything, because if I beat him now it wouldn't be the same as when he was 25 years old. He remains an amazing gamer and an idol to everyone."

Daniil Medvedev also took the time to speak about the other promising players on tour at the moment. "Felix (Auger-Aliassime), Jannik (Sinner), Denis (Shapovalov) have great potential," Medvedev said. "For the rest, it is difficult to say, because I do not have enough arguments to do it and if I do they will say that I said this or that thing."

Daniil Medvedev will begin his clay season at the Madrid Masters this week. "I don't think it will change, to be honest. It’s just about playing on clay," Daniil Medvedev said. "I think my shots, my movement and my physical appearance doesn’t suit clay."