Daniil Medvedev explains why Cincinnati trophy/vase is special – ‘We use it for flowers’

Shahida Jacobs
Daniil Medvedev with Cincinnati Masters trophy

Daniil Medvedev lifted his 18th top-level trophy when he defeated Andrey Rublev in the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships, but he admitted afterwards that some trophies are more valuable than others.

The biggest title that Medvedev has won to date was the 2021 US Open and that was always going to be high on his list of “special” trophies while he has also won the ATP Finals as well as four ATP Masters 1000 events.

One of those ATP Masters 1000 titles was the Cincinnati Masters in 2019 and it holds a very special place in the Medvedev household.

When asked to rate his trophies after his Dubai win, the former world No 1 explained why not all trophies are equal.

“So tough to say. I would have to say US Open, for sure, just because it’s a Grand Slam, not even for the trophy,” he said.

“It’s tough to say because I have them where [I am] looking at the trophy. There is a TV, I can see all of them.

“It’s tough to pick top three, but I’ll pick Cincinnati because we use it for flowers, when I buy my wife some flowers, so that’s fun.”

Medvedev’s trophy/vase combo did go down a treat with the Cincinnati Masters social media team as they tweeted: “We approve of trophy/vase combo

” ya, champ!”

The trophy that he won in Dubai will also head close to the top of the list simply because of its newness as he added: “Just because I won it today, let’s put this one in the top three. But actually I love all of them.”

Medvedev has been on a hot trophy collection streak in recent weeks as he has won titles in each of his last three tournaments. After suffering a disappointing third-round exit from the Australian Open, the 27-year-old followed it up by title wins at the Rotterdam Open, the Qatar Open and the Dubai Tennis Championships.

Up next is the Sunshine Double – the Indian Wells Open and the Miami Open – and he will be looking to win his maiden title at both of these tournaments with his best performance in Indian Wells a run to the fourth round while he reached the quarter-final twice in Miami.

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