Daniil Medvedev confident of London success, warning rivals: ‘I’m in better shape than last year’

Daniil Medvedev says he is feeling mush fresher ahead of the ATP Finals than he did last year when he struggled to make any kind of an impact.

Medvedev was the breakout star of 2019, but he waned badly towards the end of the season after a stunning summer that saw him reach six consecutive finals, including the US Open.

In London, though, he was a dig disappointment as he looked physically exhausted throughout the tournament.

“[I am] coming [in] better shape than last year.” Medvedev said of the upcoming ATP Finals. “Last year [I] was really exhausted, lost [my first match] in Paris.

“That’s when you lose your confidence. When you lose first round you always lose your confidence.

“[I] just won this tournament, [I’m] going to have a few days off. [I will] come to London, practise good. Hopefully [I] can get some wins there.”

“I have been working on my mental strength for a long time. I think I have done a lot of progress, because even if you see me still doing meltdowns, it’s nothing compared to what I was when I was a junior,” he said.

“I worked a lot on it, and I’m really happy with how I’m performing with my mental strength many times.”

Medvedev’s Paris win was his first title of the truncated 2020 season, and he admits it was long overdue as he was starting to question himself.

“It is great. I am really happy,” said Medvedev in an on-court interview.

“I don’t show this after the match, but I am really happy to win matches.

“Before the tournament, I was not in my best form, playing not so bad with zero finals this year.

“I was complaining to my wife like, ‘Oh my god, I don’t have the level. I don’t even have one final. I am playing so bad.’

“Finally, I am the winner of Bercy, a tournament that I love.”

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