Medvedev excited ahead of meeting Thiem in the ATP Finals final
After defeating Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, Daniil Medvedev will play his first ATP Finals final.
Since arriving to the Paris Masters, Daniil Medvedev is producing some extraordinary tennis. The Russian lifted the trophy in Paris and took the great form also to London. He defeated all 4 opponents he faced at the 2020 ATP Finals and he will meet Dominic Thiem in the final today. After his semifinal match against Rafael Nadal, he said:
“I felt really strange until 5-4 for him in the second set, when he was serving for the match,” Medvedev said in an on-court interview. “It felt like I was doing great shots but there was no link in my game and that was why I was losing. He was better in the important moments, I couldn’t return in the important moments, I couldn’t make a good shot in the important moments."
“I decided to change some small things. Just being closer, going for it a little bit more. I felt like I had the chances to win before [in] some games, a set maybe, but it didn’t work, so I had to change and it worked really well. I am really happy about it.”
"At the end of the [second] set I was playing a little bit better than him, and then in the 5-4 [game] I think he played a good game and I didn't. I played a bad game. That's it," Nadal said. "But I had a big opportunity. I lost a big opportunity. Well done to him. He's playing great. I wish him all the best."
“Dominic is playing amazing right now. Already in the US Open when I lost against him, after the match I was sitting in the locker [room] and I was like, 'I was playing good [in] this match.’ But he managed to do it, he won his first Grand Slam," Medvedev said. "The first two times on Centre Court [I practised here] was with him. We had good rallies, it was a really good level of tennis and I said to my coach, ‘He can go far here.’ I don’t know if he said the same… but I am going to see him tomorrow.”
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