Former World number 1 Naomi Osaka expressed her admiration for Daniil Medvedev, who reached the US Open final in 2019 and won two Masters 1000 (Cincinnati and Shanghai). The young Russian also led his team in the first edition of the ATP Cup (with Karen Khachanov).
"Yeah, he's very interesting to me. I've never talked to him in real life, but just like the things that I see on the internet about him," she said during the press conference. New York Times reporter Ben Rothenberg shared a screenshot of the conversation.
Medvedev retweeted it tagging Naomi Osaka. "[email protected] not sure I am interesting but I would love some tips as how to actually win the @usopen!" he tweeted. "I wasn't really trying to serve that hard today, because she was far back and I knew that she would probably get it," Osaka said in Brisbane.
"Of course, there's a downside to that, which is I don't get that many free points off my serve. She's one of the best returners on the tour, so I know my aces were nonexistent this match, but I'm not mad at how I served today.
I know I'm playing like the best players in the world here and every round for me is really hard, so I'm just thinking about the things I can control during the match. My automatic reaction is just to like tell myself I'm doing bad and I need to do better, but most of the time I think I need to realize that the better players that I play, they will also figure things out."