‘It’s very cool to be the first winner’ – Daniil Medvedev glad to be back to winning ways

Michael Graham
Daniil Medvedev at Shanghai Masters

Daniil Medvedev says he is happy to get back to winning ways after winning the first Diriyah Cup – and its $1million prize.

The Russian beat Fabio Fognini in the final on Saturday to continue his momentum from last season.

The Diriyah Cup is an exhibition event, so no ATP ranking points were on offer, but that certainly didn’t quell Medvedev’s enthusiasm for the Saudi Arabia tournament.

“I am very happy to be first who won here,” Medvedev said.

“If it’s going to go for example twenty years, it will be very cool to be the first one.

“I just tried to give my best, do my job and entertaining the crowd a little bit.

“The crowd was not that big but people were cheering and the ceremony it was really amazing and cool. So I have just great memories.

“Of course I always try to serve as good as I can and that was a big strength of my match today.

“My main goal is to win every match I play – of course it is not possible, but my goal.”

Medvedev also reserved special praise for the organisers, adding that he believed the tournament could be set for bigger things.

“The organisation is on top. Especially thinking that it is the first time, is really good.

“I think three or four years and it could be one of the best tournaments on tour.”

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