Daniil Medvedev shares a big praise for Jannik Sinner

The Russian tennis player analyzes the growth of his young Italian rival

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Daniil Medvedev shares a big praise for Jannik Sinner
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It seemed at one point that Daniil Medvedev was unbeatable for Jannik Sinner. The Russian was ahead 6-0 head-to-head. Then, suddenly, everything changed. Sinner found the right countermeasures to his rival's tennis and beat him in the last four consecutive matches. The most important and last of which is, obviously, the extraordinary comeback at the Australian Open final, in January 2024.

After reaching the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Medvedev talked about his young Italian rival, analyzing how Sinner is experiencing an impressive state that makes him almost unbeatable at the moment.

"How long did it take to forget that final at the Australian Open? Well, I'd say a week or maybe even less. I was afraid that I might feel some backlash in subsequent tournaments but I got injured and now that I'm back things seem to be going well. In the final I started great but I don't think I succumbed to the pressure, I continued to play well but he grew and managed to change the match. He played an important match and it was special for him to win," he explained.

Jannik Sinner and Daniil Medvedev
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Medvedev has a great chance at Indian Wells

Medvedev is one of the big favorites for the final victory of the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells, also thanks to the elimination of Novak Djokovic, in the top-half of the men's draw.

The Russian champion beat Grigor Dimitrov with a double 6-4 and thus reached the quarter-finals of the tournament.

"Today went well, I like playing here and I'm quite happy. A lot depends on the serve and I think the wind component is important as it changes every day and certainly affects the match. Playing here is sometimes complicated but I'm optimistic and I want to achieve a good result. So far things have gone well, I can't wait to move forward and see how this tournament goes," he explained at the press conference.

"Against Korda the court conditions were strange, I suffered several breaks but I won the set and sometimes it's tough mentally. Against Sebastian I managed to stay calm," he told.

"I want to win every tournament I play and I don't care if I've never won it, I like Indian Wells and I absolutely want to try to win it, last year I came close now I have another chance and I hope to win," he added.

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