Daniil Medvedev reveals why he won’t watch ‘very great’ Wimbledon final
Daniil Medvedev believes the Wimbledon final between Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic will be a “very great match”, but admitted he is not going to watch it.
The world No 3 revealed he will follow the score but will not tune in because he is “too disappointed to not be there” after losing in the semi-finals.
Medvedev was routinely beaten 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 by world No 1 Alcaraz in the last four at Wimbledon on Friday. He was broken six times and was never ahead in the one-hour-and-50-minute contest.
Alcaraz will take on seven-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s highly-anticipated men’s championship match.
Medvedev’s run to the semi-finals at the All England Club is his best result at the grass-court major and the first time he made it past the fourth round.
Following his defeat to the 20-year-old Spaniard, the former US Open champion discussed why he will not be watching the final.
“It’s a very great match. I’m not going to lie, it’s a very great match to watch, but I’m not going to watch it because I’m going to be too disappointed to not be there. I lost. I don’t deserve to be there in the final because I didn’t win today,” explained the 27-year-old in his press conference.
“But if I watch it on TV, I’m probably going to digest my loss worse because I’m going to be like, ‘My God, this forehand, this double-fault, this return, I should have done better.’ Let’s say Novak wins, ‘I should have done like Novak, why didn’t I do it?’ Too many questions.
“I am going to follow live score probably. I’m going to be interested in the live score, but I’m not going to watch it. Maybe we’ll see the highlights or something in the news or something like this.”
The Russian spoke more about the match-up and his disappointment at being unable to trouble Alcaraz more.
“They never played on grass. Novak on grass, what, he won – I don’t want to count – but 30-some matches in a row in Wimbledon. So it’s going to be tough just because you play a guy who barely loses here (smiling),” said Medvedev.
“I think should be interesting match. Actually, a little bit what surprised me in a way, again, we’re talking that maybe I didn’t do enough well, but there were players who were causing trouble to Carlos. [Nicolas] Jarry won a set and was up in the fourth with a break. [Matteo] Berrettini, for a set and a half, was causing big troubles.
“I unfortunately didn’t manage to do it. That’s where I’m disappointed. I’m like, other guys could, and I didn’t manage to do it here in the semis. At the same time, maybe he played better.
“Yeah, it’s going to be an interesting final. No 1 and 2 in the world right now. Even if I have amazing season, I think they’re even quite far ahead in the race, in the points now just because every tournament they play, they go far. I think we cannot say who’s going to win for sure. I think could be a tough match.”
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