The Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev is one of the eight tennis players who will participate in the ATP Finals in Turin. In an interview with ATP website, Medvedev talked about the sanctions he has on the eve of the year-end Masters, revealing what makes this tournament special.
"I definitely feel less pressure, because even before winning in 2020 I had lost three consecutive matches. Last year I lost three matches: all in the tie-break of the deciding set. Furthermore, I served for the match on two occasions.
This year I definitely want to try to do better. This is exactly what happened a couple of years ago, I hope the same story repeats itself. I had a fantastic season, especially in the 500 tournaments, where I scored a lot of points and beat great players.
I started the year by winning the first two 500m events I played in Rotterdam and Dubai. At the Finals you face the best players in the world. Last year I wasn't mentally strong enough to handle the pressure. If you lose a match you have a second chance: something that only happens in this tournament in the world of tennis.
The feeling you get when the tournament starts, however, is that of wanting to win every match. But I think it has happened many times that a tennis player has lost the first match and then won the tournament. That's what makes this tournament special," he explained.
Medveded at the Paris Rolex Masters
The last match before the ATP Finals did not provide Daniil Medvedev with the answers he was looking for after disappointing expectations on the Asian tour. The Russian in fact lost on his debut against Grigor Dimitrov, who then had a great week reaching the final at the ATP Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy.
The Russian's goal is not to repeat the same ride as last year at the Masters Tournament, when he left Turin without taking home a single victory in the three Red Group matches played against Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev.