Daniil Medvedev admits he can’t always control his temper on court when he’s not playing well but that he’s trying to be a better tennis player.
Medvedev ended 2020 on a high after winning the Paris Masters and the ATP Finals in London, but it was the end of an inconsistent year.
After a promising start at the inaugural ATP Cup where he won four singles matches, he then went on to reach the semi-finals of the US Open.
But Medvedev’s season seemed to drop, he failed to defend his Cincinnati Masters title, and took early exits in Marseille, Rotterdam and the French Open.
Medvedev failed to win a single clay court match in 2020 and his form didn’t improve much in the indoor season failing to reach the semi-finals at St. Petersburg and Vienna.
The World number four says his drop in form affected him substantially.
“I for sure have some problems sometimes, especially when I’m not playing good” Medvedev said.
“I can lose my temper sometimes. I didn’t have one final… and it gets into your mind.
“Tennis is not an easy sport. It’s tough to explain some things that are happening… When you are down, you need to find the best way to get up fast.
“I just wanted to show that I’m capable of playing good tennis and beating good guys.”
But with only two Masters events of the 2020 season left, Medvedev seemed to once again find his game, beating Alexander Zverev to the Paris title and becoming the undefeated Champion of the ATP Finals.
“If I need to be defensive, I will stay defensive. But usually against the Top 10 players it will not work to only be defensive, so you have to change up your tactics” Medvedev said.
“Of course when I’m feeling good, I still like to hit the ball strong, especially with my forehand. I had more winners than my opponent in almost every match I played [in London], which is great.
“I am happy that the small things we worked on with my coach in practice worked out and showed on the big stage like this.
“We are trying to work every day to make me a better tennis player.”
Medvedev will lead Team Russia in the ATP Finals in February before the Australian Open, both events are taking place in Melbourne.
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