‘I wasn’t injured, I was just outplayed,’ admits Barcelona runner-up Daniil Medvedev

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Daniil Medvedev celebrates PA

Daniil Medvedev says he was not injured in the Barcelona Open final, and people should instead credit Dominic Thiem on a fine performance.

Thiem dismissed Medvedev impressively, needing just 73 minutes to romp to a 6-4, 6-0 success.

However, while Medvedev does admit to suffering some problems with his right shoulder, he says it was not a factor in his defeat.

“I didn’t lose the advantage because of my shoulder, I just felt quite painful when he was already 5-3 up.

“I called for the physio, he helped me and I didn’t feel pain after that.

“The real change was in the fact that he started to spray a fewer number of errors and I didn’t adapt myself to that.

“It was too late after that, he took the momentum and I started to miss the shots that I shouldn’t miss, there was no way back for me.

“His slice worked very well as I couldn’t impose my shots and he was there to punish me after every short ball or a bad stroke, tactically he did everything right on the court.

I could have changed something, maybe be a little bit more aggressive, especially on my first shots after the serve, but it is always tough, even when you are 3-0 in front.

“I didn’t feel that change in momentum and it was too late for me later in the match.

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