Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev has revealed that he was close to retiring his 2019 US Open quarterfinal clash -- the year when he ended runner-up at Flushing Meadows. Medvedev, ranked at No. 4 in the world, thought that he would retire his match against Stan Wawrinka but he ended up beating the three-time Grand Slam champion in four sets to advance to the US Open semifinal.
In the semifinal, the Russian handed a straight-set defeat to Grigor Dimitrov, before losing to record 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal in five sets in the final. ''Happened to me once against Wawrinka in US Open quarters where I actually in the first set thought I'm gping to retire from the match.
I was super lucky to win the first. I was doing dropshots, going to the net like I didn't care because I thought I'm going to retire. I won the first set. I said, I will not retire after winning the first set. The painkillers started working, I started feeling better.
I was lucky with two days off after this match,'' Medvedev said, as revealed by Ravi Ubha.
Medvedev now into the Australian Open quarterfinal
Medvedev is aiming to win his maiden Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park as he beat Mackenzie McDonald in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinal.
Medvedev will fight against his close friend Andrey Rublev for a place in the semifinal. “It’s an exciting moment [to be] in [the] quarter-finals in Australia for the first time, that’s a great achievement for me,” Medvedev said in his post-match interview.
“I want more all the time, but step by step. So this is amazing. “Of course I’m going to be [cheering] for Andrey, because if he goes through it’s going to be at least one Russian in the semis, maybe two with Aslan [Karatsev] in the other half of the draw,'' Medvedev said-