World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev acknowledged the importance of his team following his US Open victory. Medvedev, 25, claimed his maiden Grand Slam crown after beating Novak Djokovic in the US Open final. Medvedev has enjoyed a big summer, winning the Toronto Masters and making the Cincinnati Masters semifinal before the US Open.
Medvedev's big goal for the 2021 season was to win a maiden Grand Slam and now he has achieved it.
I’m so proud to have such a team, only you know how hard it is and how hard we work. Without you it would not be possible...// Я горжусь своей командой, только вы знаете, как это тяжело и сколько ежедневной совместной работы мы делаем для достижения целей.
Medvedev's coach Gilles Cervara did an excellent job
Cervara prepared multiple strategies for the US Open final against Djokovic.
Cervara did great as Medvedev handed a 6-4 6-4 6-4 loss to Djokovic. "First of all, we always talk tactics before the match with my coach, the day before. Usually takes five, ten minutes, some small things. Probably where I'm going to serve, what I'm going to do during the points," Medvedev revealed.
"When it's against Novak, it took like probably 30 minutes. Why? Because we played already, like, I don't know, maybe seven matches before this one, maybe even more. Every match was different just because he's so good that every match is different.
He changes his tactics, he changes his approach. "What was different before Australian Open that I had, yeah, clear plan in my mind what I have to do in which moment. Of course, it would depend a lot on him because, again, sometimes you have to be aggressive, sometimes defensive.
I had a clear plan which did seem to work. "Was he at his best? Maybe not today. He had a lot of pressure. I had a lot of pressure, too, about the risk on the second serve, it was because of the confidence I had. I knew I cannot give him easy serves because that's what he likes. So that was the plan. Because of the confidence in a lot of tight moments, I managed to do it well."