Daniil Medvedev still criticizes Wimbledon

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Daniil Medvedev still criticizes Wimbledon

Daniil Medvedev's first match at the ATP Finals in Turin did not live up to expectations. The former world number one made no difference with his serve and was often forced to chase his opponent during the match. The derby against Andrey Rublev ended in the third set tie-break and made the qualification goal extremely complicated for Medvedev, who surrendered with a score of 7-6(7) 3-6(7) 6-7.

The 26-year-old from Moscow saved himself in the first set by canceling seven set points, but then suffered the return of Rublev in the second. A surgical slap on the fly found by Rublev on the fifth match point closed the score in the final tie-break.

Medvedev's path to the Finals, after the defeat against his compatriot, will therefore become even more difficult. The Russian will have to challenge Stefanos Tsitsipas and Novak Djokovic in the next two Round Robin matches.

Medvedev, another dig at Wimbledon

Medvedev explained in the press conference: "We have played several tough games in the past. I am very disappointed with the defeat, but happy with the way the game has developed. I am looking forward to playing the next matches to try to win them and pass the group.

The Court is very fast and I could have served better in some moments. I would have liked to have played my best tennis at certain times, but I didn't feel very confident before the game. You need a few games to get used to the playing conditions: this is the fastest indoor court of the year.

I hope to play better next game. This is why I have made several mistakes. I was late with my legs and in my movements, I was hitting the ball late. Hard but incredible exchanges? I do not know. We players don't talk a lot about tennis.

We all want to win and if you reveal your secrets, you become more vulnerable. There are some games where you feel untouchable and know that everything you do turns to gold. Today was not one of those." The exclusion from Wimbledon and the uncertainty associated with participation in some tournaments have made the Russian tennis season more complicated than expected.

Medvedev told: "It depends what we're talking about. Some things remain important, that's for sure. Others are less important. If we talk about the Davis Cup and the United Cup, where we cannot participate as a team, I expected this decision.

If we talk about Wimbledon, I thought that things could have been different. I have to take care of myself and do what I have to do as a tennis player. I want to train well, win games and tournaments. I think life is already complicated and you have to focus a lot on yourself too." Pic by SuperTennis