Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev described his win over Alexei Popyrin as ''one of the sweetest victories'' of his career after overcoming cramps in the third set of the third round match at the Miami Masters.
Medvedev, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 2 in the world, served for the match in the second set and had multiple match point but didn't pay the price for not converting his chances as in the end he won 7-6 (3) 6-7 (7) 6-4.
Popyrin lost a tight opener but then recovered from a break down in the second set, saved three match points on his serve in the 10th game before realizing his third set point to force a decider. In the third set, Medvedev dealth with cramps but still he managed to break Popyrin in the seventh game and serve out for the match in the 10th game.
Medvedev 'thrilled' to survive the Popyrin challenge
“It’s probably one of the sweetest victories in my career, because I was cramping like hell in the third set,” Medvedev said in an on-court interview, per the ATP website.
“It’s one thing when you’re cramping when you’re [ahead in the score], but I started cramping before. It was tough to think about the win in these conditions. “At the same time, I should have won in two sets and we would not be talking about cramping.
But anyway, we have the result on the board and I’m happy that I managed to go through all the difficulties of this definitely crazy match. “Of course, it would have been better to just win it 6-3 in the second or 6-4 when I had a triple match point.
As soon as [a missed opportunity] happens you just focus on the next one, but the only thing is it was tough to focus on the next one because I felt the cramps coming. It was not easy." Medvedev plays next against American home favorite Frances Tiafoe.