Daniil Medvedev challenges his rivals with bold words


Daniil Medvedev continues his great path at the ATP 500 in Beijing. The Russian defeated the Frenchman Hugo Humbert, prevailing with the result of 6-4 3-6 6-1. In the next round, the semi-finals, the number three in the ranking will meet Alexander Zverev, who overtook Nicolas Jarry.

The 27 year old, as we know, is considered a hard court specialist, by virtue of the great results achieved in his career on this surface. Medvedev has reached at least the semi-finals in all 19 ATP 500, Masters 1000 and Grand Slam tournaments on this surface. Numbers that only a very small circle of tennis players can say they have achieved.

The former US Open champion then spoke in the press conference, dealing with various topics: “I won the third set 6-1 having lost serve, it’s not normal. We’ve been like this all year, but these balls are not easy to play on hard courts. Right from the warm-up I saw that it was difficult for me to have some control, then the match started and I saw that it was as difficult for him as it was for me.”

Medvedev then added: “Playing with these balls is like being on clay, they are very slow. This match would have been impossible for me to win with normal balls, but I am happy that I adapted and managed to raise my level in decisive moments.”

The goal set by Medvedev

Then he revealed a personal goal: “I know that my 20 titles were won in different cities. I would like to continue adding more, but also defend some of my successes. I would also like to end my career having won all the major tournaments played on hard courts.”

The Russian tennis player’s controversy towards the balls certainly didn’t start today.

Daniil had expressed himself like this in recent months, also reporting injuries: “I had a terrible feeling with the balls at the Australian Open. I injured my wrist before playing with Korda. I thought it was my problem, but I spoke to other tennis players and there were several elbow, wrist and shoulder injuries. I think the balls are responsible.”

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