Daniil Medvedev's open-heart confession: "I learned to love tennis"

At the Indian Wells media day, tennis player Russo explained how he has learned to manage changes calmly

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Daniil Medvedev's open-heart confession: "I learned to love tennis"
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Daniil Medvedev is one of the tennis players capable of aiming for the final victory of the BNP Paribas Open, the first ATP Masters 1000 of the season.

The Russian, on the media day of the tournament being played on the Californian hard-courts of Indian Wells, explained how he now loves tennis and how he now manages the changes with serenity.

"It's not easy, because when you go through a bad moment and you change something positive, you feel great. Then when this thing changes negative again, you hate it. It may seem strange, but it happens for different reasons: it can depend on physical conditions or be linked to tennis.

Last year, when I dropped out of the top 10, I went to Rotterdam and I wasn't feeling well. Somehow I started to doubt myself, I had probably lost something in my game and wondered if I would be able to find it again.

We always ask many questions in our mind. That's what I've come to love about tennis: it's always changing. For example, two weeks ago I had some problems. Now things have changed and I am very motivated at Indian Wells. I have learned to appreciate changes and even if I don't like them, I try to think that better days will come," Medvedev analyzed.

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Medvedev in the same part of the draw of Djokovic

The Russian was drawn in the top half of the draw, the same as Novak Djokovic.

"I arrive perhaps with less confidence than last year because I had won three tournaments before Indian Wells. I certainly won't blame the field for what I do: playing well or badly, winning or losing. I'm going to have fun, I love this place and I'm going to enjoy my time here and try to extend my stay as much as possible," he explained.

In tennis things can change quickly. One of the qualities that allows an athlete to evolve and last over time is precisely the ability to adapt to changes and find new solutions.

The goal must always be to improve training after training without giving too much weight to the negative moments that characterize each player's path. Daniil Medvedev, over the years spent on the Tour, has learned to appreciate this cycle that changes over time to become something different each time.

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