Daniil Medvedev’s pick-me-up tonic after losing a match? ‘I like McDonald’s’

Daniil Medvedev press conference

Some players prefer to listen to music when they lose a match or feel down, others eat ice cream and some – like Daniil Medvedev – treat themselves to McDonald’s.

In a light-hearted interview with ATPTour.com, Medvedev revealed his soft spot for McDonald’s, although he didn’t disclose what his favourite meal is, while he also prefers the Russian version.

“Many times when I lose a match or when I finish a tournament, I take McDonald’s. I like McDonald’s because it’s really good in Russia,” he said. “It’s much less good in USA and Europe. I don’t know for which reasons [that is], so I many times regret taking it, but that’s kind of a child’s dream. Many times if I lose a match, like when you are [down], I don’t know, you take ice cream, I take McDonald’s.”

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Although he still indulges in McDonald’s when he feels down, the 25-year-old has made many lifestyle changes, including his diet, over the past few years and it has certainly helped with his game as he has reached two Grand Slam finals and also climbed to a career-high No 2 in the ATP Rankings earlier this year.

“I was always saying, until I was 21 if I’m not mistaken, I was not really paying too much attention to small details,” he revealed. “I could enjoy life because I just thought that it wouldn’t affect my tennis.

“Now I can say that when I sacrificed my life to tennis when I was 21, I said, ‘Okay, I’m going to go to bed early, I’m going to eat well.’ If I had a day off, I’m not going to walk for 10 kilometres to the beach. I’m going to rest and prepare for practice the next day. That’s when the results came, so I [do not] regret it.”

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