Medvedev shares a bluntly POV about Djokovic, Nadal and Federer

The Russian talked about his style of play, making comparisons with Nole, Rafa and Roger

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Medvedev shares a bluntly POV about Djokovic, Nadal and Federer
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In a long interview with the Russian newspaper M-Sport, Daniil Medvedev talked about various aspects of his personal and professional life.
The Russian champion spoke, for example, of his idols, sharing his respect for what the Fab 4 have done in their legendary careers.

"I never had an idol or a favorite tennis player, because I always wanted to win playing my way. I respect Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray for many things. I grew up watching their tennis. There have been many tennis players that I have loved for different reasons.

But I can't choose just one. From a stylistic point of view, I can say that in some ways I am more similar to Novak when he was younger. I think his tennis is different now than at the beginning of his career. Rafa is left-handed and Roger played very different tennis to me. So, I would say Djokovic," Medvedev explained.

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The Russian then focused on the goals he wants to pursue by the end of his career.

"I'm satisfied, but I still set high goals. At the same time, of course, I'm very angry with how the last Grand Slam finals went against Novak and Jannik. I just had a bit of bad luck. The main goal is to do 100% what is within your capabilities, as was the case in the recent final in Australia.

When I came out after the game, I said: I did everything I could and it didn't work. Sometimes happens. Next time I'll try to do even better. And if this continues to happen, one day I will go to a press conference and say: I'm ending my career and I won't regret it," he analyzed.

Since the birth of his daughter Alisa, Daniil has changed his attitude on the pitch, working on his character with the help of his family and his team and a psychologist

"I think working with a psychologist, a good coach and the team around me helped me. The more matches I have under my belt with any results, the more I understand that life is not limited to tennis. Yes, it is a very important part of my life and I try to do almost everything to play tennis better. But in the end the game, win or lose, is over and nothing can be changed. My main goal is, when I finish my career, to know that I did everything I could," he said.

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Medvedev also talked about his relationship with other Russian tennis players: "With Rublev, but also Khachanov and Safiullin we have known each other since children. We have been on the court against each other since we were 10 years old, but I don't remember any negative moments between the four of us.

We have come a long way together, we met in different tournaments, in different situations. This friendship will probably last forever. You never know, but let's hope that's the case.

Regarding Rublev's disqualification in Dubai, in a sense no one did the right thing, because Andrey himself knows that it's not worth shouting at the referee. If he hadn't been disqualified, then anyone would have done it.

But disqualification is a serious matter. It usually results in the automatic deduction of points and loss of money. In this situation, the supervisor should watch the replay and decide for himself what to do. Because it's too complicated a situation to decide without watching a replay," he explained.

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Daniil Medvedev: "Sometimes I lose control"

Medvedev was eliminated in the 4th round of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters by his countryman Karen Khachanov but, in the second round against Gael Monfils won in straight sets, he was at the center of controversy.

Against the Frenchman, Medvedev lost his head during the second set due to a call from the line umpire, losing two consecutive games, before regaining control of the match and winning it in two sets.

At the press conference, the 27-year-old from Moscow commented on the episode of the verbal clash with umpire Mohamed Lahyani.

"I can't say 100% that she was out, because I haven't seen her in person yet. But I heard from someone, I think from the ATP, that she was out. When I saw her, I saw her out pretty clearly , and I didn't even stay there to check what Mohamed said. At that point I said to him: Ok, what do we do if he's inside?

Because I know he's out. What do we do if I lose this match? But then I said to myself: Ok, calm down, Daniil. Let's go to the next point, let's go to the next games. I calmed down and won the match. This is my side of the story! I know who I am and where I come from in terms of attitude, sometimes I get out of control on the pitch. I'm trying to make sure I don't go crazy and it affects my game less," he explained.

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