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Medvedev: ‘Mates & Enemies Do not Exist’ On The Courtroom | ATP Tour


Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev are two of the closest pals on the ATP Tour, a lot in order that Rublev is godfather to Medvedev’s daughter. However throughout their 9 Lexus ATP Head2Head conferences, they’ve additionally turn out to be acquainted foes on the court docket.

Medvedev, who leads the collection 7-2 following his straight-sets win on Monday on the Nitto ATP Finals, says he is ready to put their relationship to at least one aspect in between the traces.

“To be trustworthy, on court docket, I do not understand how it’s for him — for me on court docket, would not exist, pals, enemies. I simply attempt to win the match. I do not take into consideration the rest.

“However when the final level is completed, it is like I really feel sorry for him, he misplaced the match. Nevertheless it’s the identical for him. If he beats me, I imply, final yr was brutal when he beat me [in Turin]. So I felt for one or two days he was form of shy to speak to me, taking care.

“It is the identical. You at all times attempt to have a look at him and see if tomorrow we will speak like regular. I will say to him good luck, go for it the following matches, and he is in all probability going to say the identical.”

So how lengthy does Medvedev want to chill off after a defeat? 

“Relies upon the particular person. Me, often — relies upon the match — however generally I want in all probability one hour, round this. Relies upon the match. Typically two. Typically half-hour. I form of chuckle about it. For positive I will probably be dissatisfied, however I can speak to folks, chuckle about it.

“I believe Andrey wants slightly bit extra time, however that is simply the way in which he’s.”

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Medvedev’s subsequent matchup will probably be in opposition to Alexander Zverev on Wednesday, when Rublev will meet Carlos Alcaraz. Medvedev and Zverev are each 1-0 after the German defeated Alcaraz in three units earlier on Monday.

Whereas the outcome was an upset by seeding, Medvedev was not shocked by the scoreline contemplating each gamers’ current kind.

“When you would ask me two, three months in the past, for positive [I would be surprised],” he mentioned. “Tennis is a really, very tough sport. At this second, for no matter motive, we really feel that Carlos performs just a bit bit slower. He would not have the identical confidence he had all through the entire yr. This may occur to everybody. This even occur to Novak when he was youthful. The query is, how briskly is he going to get better? Is it going to be this match or subsequent yr?

“When he misplaced the second set, they confirmed the velocity of the strokes, groundstrokes. Sascha was like 10 kilometers [per hour] greater than Carlos. That is very shocking. Typically once I noticed the match, at first we felt that Carlos isn’t enjoying his finest. Sascha additionally. So I am not shocked in any respect.

“In the long run it turned out to be an excellent combat and an excellent match. No surprises. Sascha can play effectively additionally, serve effectively. It may be attention-grabbing to play him for the 18th time.”

If that quantity seems like an exaggeration, it’s not. Medvedev leads his Lexus ATP Head2Head in opposition to Zverev 10-7, together with wins in 4 of their 5 conferences this season.

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