Alexei Popyrin win ‘probably one of the sweetest of my career,’ says Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev has described his win over Alexei Popyrin as ‘one of the sweetest’ of his career so far.

The world number two appeared to be cruising in the match, but he had to overcome some severe cramps in the dying stages of the match.

Medvedev could barely walk by the end of the match, and was not sitting down at changeovers for fear of not being able to get back up again to finish the match.

“It’s probably one of the sweetest victories in my career, because I was cramping like hell in the third set,” Medvedev said after the 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 win.

“It’s one thing when you’re cramping when you’re [ahead in the score], but I started cramping before. It was tough to think about the win in these conditions.”

Despite enjoying the victory, Medvedev said there was still frustration given he had match points in the second set but managed to blow a 5-2 lead.

“I should have won in two sets and we would not be talking about cramping,” he said.

“But anyway, we have the result on the board and I’m happy that I managed to go through all the difficulties of this definitely crazy match.”

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