In an interview to Sport Express Daniil Medvedev's mother Olga commented on the Russian player's childhood. The Russian and his family made a big effort to try to get to the top of tennis. "It was difficult because everything happened quickly", said Olga.
"You had to stay with him. He studied at the high-school math, he did well. He was also playing other sports like swimming in order to stay fit. We also went to music, art, drawing. In the same time he started speaking English and French.
At school, we did not say he was in sports because that was a serious school. If he had to travel to play a tournament, we were going to the doctor in order to get a medical certificate. We had to organize all those things. So while he was at school or training, I had to cook something and make a thousands of calls in many different places, getting visas, book a hotel and buy tickets.
It was a crazy life but a very interesting one. His father was earning money for all this. There were no sponsors - only father. And then in the end I had to sell an apartment to continue." And now Medvedev has reached the US Open final, achieving a career-high ranking at a world No.
4 which makes Olga be speechless: "We have still not realized that our son is not just our son but a famous person and a hero", she admitted.