Daniil Medvedev broke a racket during his third round win in Shanghai. The Russian player defeated to reach the quarter-finals. Medvedev said: "I usually don't like to do it, to break the racquets, because it's never beautiful.
But it's true that sometimes it maybe can help to get some emotions out and get also the stress out. I don't know if it helped me. To be honest with you, I don't think so. But during the moment, that was the only thing I was thinking to do, and that's why it happened."
Asked what he was telling himself when he was down 2-5, Medvedev replied: "Honestly, I don't remember exactly what I was saying, but it could be anything. It could be, like, I mean, possibly I said to myself, Okay, the set is over, but I still knew that I have to try to win every point.
I was down five set points, I think, and 5-2 also. I mean, usually the set is finished when it's like this, so just try to win every point I had to face, and finally it worked out." On the weather condition, Medvedev added: "It was really hot.
I think maybe that's why Vasek had some problems in the second set. I don't know exactly what he had. I was feeling physically quite fit to go throughout this match, which was very physical and long. But, yeah, the sun was, I would say, disturbing me a lot, both sides, because every time you go from complete shadow where you're, like, Okay, I want the lights on, and then you go into the sun and the other side is in the shadow, so when he hits the ball, you cannot really see it the way you want.
So was not easy, but that's many times like this when you play around this hour. You need to be ready for this and need to win like this."