Daria Kasatkina praised her compatriot Daniil Medvedev following his Shanghai Masters title. Kasatkina said: "Daniil is an amazing guy. So many progress has been made in the second half of the year. It was shocking. What a mental strength.
Six finals in a row... I do not know how it is possible. He doesn't even lose a set. Hopefully, he (continues to remain) clear mentally." On her loss to Dayana Yastremska in Moscow, Kasatkina added: "In the first set nerves may have played a role but Dayana played very well very aggressive tennis.
The beginning of the first set could have been more different, it could have been 2-1 and not 3-0. These details matter a lot in a match. In the second set, she lost focus and that was important too. It was my last match of the year.
It was just a bad year. I am happy it has finally ended, and that the next season will start from zero without having to defend the points I had to defend this year. I just want to forget what happened. Learning from mistakes, reassessing things and being fully prepared for the next season."
Andrey Rublev defeated Alexander Bublik in Moscow. Rublev said: "The match was tough. Especially when I thought that over the six years I played in Moscow, I did not win any match. But I admitted that before the match I could have lost and so it gave me a bit of confidence.
But Sascha is a player who doesn't give me any rhythm. Facing him is very difficult when he serves so hard. You need to constantly be careful. He is going through his best season and he recently played a final. In Moscow, he always got good results even when he was not highly ranked.
So I was aware that I could have lost. Here the court seems slower, I like it more. In previous years it was faster."