Daniil Medvedev details something that Novak Djokovic proved is possible


Daniil Medvedev suggests Novak Djokovic is the best example that it is possible to win on the biggest level even when conditions may not be favoring you. On Friday, Medvedev suffered a surprise Toronto Masters quarterfinal defeat after Alex de Minaur handed out the Russian a 7-6 (7) 7-5 loss. After the loss, Medvedev admitted he wished the balls used in Toronto were faster. But then, Medvedev acknowledged that he probably should have figured out how to play with the slower balls. 

“I would love all the balls to be fast, but I’m definitely not saying this should be the case. So you have to adapt to conditions. You know, we have guys like Novak. I’m sure that when he started 17 years ago winning Grand Slams, everything was different. The courts, the balls. he was still winning. So I just have to adapt. Again, as I say, I like faster balls. But if they go slower, I have to adapt and try to win with it,” Medvedev said.

Medvedev had a tough day at the office against de Minaur 

In the first set, Medvedev blew a 5-2 lead and also three set points in the tie-break. In the second set, Medvedev was twice up by a break but de Minaur twice came back. Then, in the 12th game – when Medvedev was serving to stay in the match – de Minaur broke the Russian to complete a two-set win.

“As I say, against someone like Alex, it felt not easy today. But maybe it was also me who was just not at my best, and I didn’t do enough with the ball. But the general feeling was, like, then it was so tough to push it through the air so that Alex is in trouble. Or maybe he just played very good and that was the feeling, and that’s why I lost,” Medvedev said. 

Now, Medvedev’s focus turns to the Cincinnati Masters, where he is the third-seeded player and has a first-round bye.

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