Daniil Medvedev happy with year so far despite Melbourne setback, saying ‘I played some good tennis’
He failed to make it past the second round of the Australian Open, but Daniil Medvedev is still happy with the start he made to the 2020 season.
After the highs of 2019 saw him reach six consecutive finals, including the US Open final, Medvedev helped Russia to reach the semi-finals of the ATP Cup at the start of this campaign.
Many tipped him to break the Big Three’s Grand Slam dominance at Melbourne Park, but the Russian lost in the second round as he went down in five sets to Stan Wawrinka.
Asked about his year so far, he told TennisTV: “I think I have played some good tennis.
“I lost two really strong matches I would say, and of course I always want to win and always show better results, but I am just trying to do my thing, stay in there and spend hours on the practice court.
“Try to show the best I can in the tournament and during match, of course I want something better all the time, but if we talk about my tennis and the wins I had, they were quite good.”
Medvedev, who will return to action at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Championships this week, he admits it is sometimes hard to stay motivated, especially when it comes to training days.
“To be honest there are a lot of days like this, really a lot,” he said.
“It’s our job, it’s not for fun, it’s our job and for me the best motivation that has always pushed me, no matter what ranking I had, was to [be] better, I wanted to win more tournaments whether it was ATP Challengers before and now ATPs, Grand Slams.
“If I allow myself some days to text my coach and say, ‘I don’t want to practice today, can we practice tomorrow?’ I can do that, tennis is an individual sport, but I just know that it’s not going to make a good impact on my results and that’s what I’m here for and that’s why I push myself.”
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