Daniil Medvedev: 'I was never tanking, but I was giving up'

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Daniil Medvedev: 'I was never tanking, but I was giving up'

Daniil Medvedev commented on the struggles of being mentally there even when he does not feel at his best. The Russian player said: "Many times it's tough. And I was like not tanking, I was never tanking, but I was giving up.

I was like, Okay, it's too tough. I've changed myself, especially being on ATP Tour, it's different than any other level. You change yourself every day. As you say, I said it before the match, I knew I will be in the final of US Open, I will fight for every ball, no matter if it's 6-0, 6-0, 5-0, 40-Love, I'll just try to win one more point to say myself, Okay, I've done everything I could.

I can say I've done everything I could today." Asked what went through his mind when he heard people chanting his name, Medvedev replied: "The only thing going through my mind at this moment was I have to win next point, I have to win next game.

I was not thinking too much, Okay, I'm from Russia, I'm in USA, they are cheering my name, what should I do? No. As I say, I mean, it was a pleasure to be out there tonight. They were sometimes cheering my name, sometimes they were going for Rafa.

I think it was just because the arena is so huge, there were so many people cheering both names, it was like changing all the time. I don't think it will be same people cheering two different names from one point to another. Yeah, the atmosphere was the best of my life, I have to say."