World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev admitted he can't talk much about Naomi Osaka's personality since he doesn't know her that well but noted that as a tennis player the Japanese is absolutely great. Osaka has accomplished some pretty notable things in tennis and over the past year she has been vocal about the importance of good mental health and well-being.
“I don't know her closely as a person, so it would be difficult for me to talk about it. I mean, I don't like talking about people I don't know, because it's going to end up in the media. Even if I happen to meet her, that does not mean that you know a person close enough.
So I can only talk about his tennis career, which is incredible. She has won many Grand Slams, she is one of the best in the world. Every time she plays I think the stadiums are about to be packed or full. She's a superstar, she has a lot of contracts, a lot of attention, which is sometimes difficult for her, as we see.
But I think, yeah, she seems like a very strong person in her own way and a really strong tennis player. I owe her a lot of respect for what she does," Medvedev said of Osaka, per We Love Tennis.
Medvedev bounced back in Miami
Medvedev officially became the world No.
1 for the first time in his career on February 28. In his first tournament as the No. 1, Medvedev suffered a surprise early exit at the Indian Wells Masters. In Indian Wells, Medvedev defeated Tomas Machac in his opener at the tournament before suffering a surprise loss to France's Gael Monfils in the third round.
After an early exit in Indian Wells, Medvedev bounced back in Miami as the Russian tennis star has reached the quarterfinal.