World No. 2 and the top-seed within the Crimson Group of the ATP Finals 2021, Daniil Medvedev will take the courtroom because the defending champion having received the title in London final yr. Whereas Medvedev did win the title final yr, he’ll fancy his possibilities at defending once more this yr having received the 2021 US Open title as nicely.
Medvedev might need a deja-vu going into the round-robin conflict as just like final yr, he reaches the ATP Finals after enjoying within the ultimate of the Paris Masters. Though he received the 2020 Paris Masters, he needed to accept a runners-up trophy this yr as World No. 1 and his new buddy on the Tour, Novak Djokovic received the title this yr.
Talking about how confidence performs a serious function throughout a match, Medvedev defined the distinction of his confidence stage in 2020 and 2021 and what distinction did it make to his season.
“Tennis is a lot about ups and downs, gaining of confidence. Coming into Paris final yr I felt fully off form, low on confidence and unsure what I may obtain within the final two tournaments of the yr. I discovered my tennis and confidence to win each of them, and naturally, I beat Novak [Djokovic], Rafa [Nadal] and Dominic [Thiem] on the [Nitto ATP] Finals. Three actually robust matchups.
“It was superb, and that gave me confidence in Australia. After you re-watch [matches] on YouTube, your confidence is again. You suppose, ‘I’m nonetheless capable of do it. We had the pandemic once we didn’t play for a very long time [in 2020 and] I had some issues with my physique. So coming again was not straightforward, however these two tournaments final yr introduced again my confidence. It was sufficient for all this yr, figuring out that I may beat the most effective gamers on the earth,” mentioned Medvedev.
“You understand nothing will ever come simply within the match”: Daniil Medvedev
Medvedev has lately spent fairly just a few observe periods with Novak and on requested why is he practising towards one in all his greatest opponents, Medvedev mentioned, “You need to practise with different gamers. I believe if you happen to suppose, ‘Oh my, he’s going to see my weak aspect’, your life in tennis can be too robust. You’d solely be capable of play together with your sparring associate. You additionally have to play with the most effective gamers on the earth to enhance. We had been the one one’s yesterday that knew we wouldn’t play one another within the group phases.
“The extent of our matches will all the time be excessive, however you’ll attempt to adapt your type. I attempted to re-watch the Australian Open ultimate for the US Open ultimate, and Novak watched the US Open match to vary issues [in Paris]. We each did the fitting issues [in Paris], however he performed higher on the day. You understand nothing will ever come simply and you’ll want to struggle all through the match,” added Daniil.
Medvedev begins his title defence towards Finals debutant Hubert Hurkacz.
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