Daniil Medvedev says he has to eliminate his fear of losing if he is to maintain his current hot streak and challenge the top of the ATP rankings.
Medvedev has had a sensational summer, reaching four finals in his last four tournaments, culminating in a superb performance in defeat against Rafael Nadal at the US Open.
It has seen him rise to number four in the world in the rankings, only behind the established mega-stars of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Nadal.
And, when asked about what he must do to emulate the success of those names, Medvedev said it all boils down to self-belief.
“I can be more afraid of messing up,” he said.
“You can have fear, but it’s more when you are in the down moment like I was this year once.
“I lost, I think, four or five matches in a row. That’s when you have fear going out on the court.
“You’re like, Am I going to lose again? Am I going to win or not?
“After the summer I had no fear. I had everything to win. I think it’s Rafa who had something to lose [in the US Open final].
“I went out there, I gave everything I could, and I’m proud of myself.”
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