Medvedev cites Big 3 as inspiration for stellar ATP Finals performance
Daniil Medvedev finished his group stage undefeated as he swept past all his opponents, securing his spot in his first semifinals at the Nitto ATP Finals.
Having qualified after gaining a 2-0 lead to top Group Tokyo 1970, the Russian remained ruthless as he cruised past Diego Schwartzman in his final round-robin match.
“I was playing great in the two previous matches. I think it is always good to stay undefeated for the confidence. I wanted to win the match, so I am really happy that I have done it,” said Medvedev after the match. “I was serving really good today, so that helped me a lot throughout all the match.”
The 24-year old will face Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, as he attempts to become just the fourth player to win the season-ending finale after going winless in his debut. Although Nadal holds a 3-0 lead over Medvedev, the Russian remains confident ahead of their semifinal clash.
“I like playing all of the Big Three. When I was so young, starting to hold the racquet and just started to be interested in tennis… I started to see Grand Slams," Medvedev said. "First it was Roger winning everything, then Rafa came and started to make his mark and then it was Novak. It is a great pleasure to play against all of them and I am really looking forward to tomorrow.”