Nobody expected Monfils and Svitolina to become a couple - Medvedev

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Nobody expected Monfils and Svitolina to become a couple - Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev was asked what was his first reaction learning of the love story between Elina Svitolina and Gael Monfils. "My wife learned about it because all the women know more about gossip. She saw they were on holidays together in Dubai.

We were surprised, nobody expected it. But it is normal and understandable." Did he hear Marat Safin's comments during the final against Nadal? "No, I did not even think about it. I red the most brilliant things he said.

Everyone spoke about it so it was funny and nice. I did not hear anybody saying that Marat was boring or not professional." What is he different on from Maria Sharapova? "Well... She is a woman and I am a man. I do not know what to think better."

On Medvedev's improvements at the net, the Russian Tennis Federation chief Shamil Tarpischev said: "One thing that makes a champion stand out is that he plays correctly by nature. Why did Daniil become better at the net? Because he listened at our advices and started playing doubles matches.

Now he can deliver good tactics. We agreed our views with all the National coaches in order to help our main players. A good help for Daniil was when he won a set against Novak Djokovic at 17 years of age in Davis Cup. Then he cramped on his legs and retired although he wanted to keep going." Medvedev is set to play the Paris Masters later this month.