Daniil Medvedev hit the headlines during the US Open first week for making fun of the crowd. But the Moscow native is not new to such behaviors. "At a junior level I was the craziest guy", the 23-year-old world No. 4 told L'Equipe.
He also thinks that his game style may be underestimated in terms of beauty: "During the tournament, I watched the highlights of the day every night and none of my matches were included, basically. People commented Medvedev needs just three shots to win the match.
Making an opponent's life complicated is pleasant." Medvedev added: "I do not consider myself as a bad guy and I do not like a lot when they call me like this. But it's not up to me to judge. If after five years they will still say I am a bad guy, then I have to agree.
But honestly, I think it will not happen. For example, it was funny when Marat Safin was asked about it and he said, But what kind of bad guy is he? He is a very nice guy. The bad guys look much different." On how different he is compared to the previous season, Medvedev concluded: "It's hard to explain because when I was No.
15, I was good already. Then I wanted to get into the top 10, which is never easy. And then with the US series when I lost during the third round, I managed to get in the top 10. And you can tell yourself, Okay, I've done a full circle, but I didn't want to stop.
I just want to see how far I can go. It could be No. 1. If it doesn't happen, that means that I wouldn't be strong enough. And I know that here, now, to get to be high up in the race, you have to do a significant effort, but I'm trying to do my best."