‘It was the toughest victory of my life,’ says Daniil Medvedev after Dominic Thiem triumph

Daniil Medvedev says his win over Dominic Thiem at the ATP Finals was the ‘toughest’ of his career, but also perhaps the most satisfying. 

Medvedev won all five of his matches at the O2, including wins over Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, but it was Thiem who he felt tested him the most.

“It was the toughest victory in my life because Dominic is a really tough player to play,” said Medvedev.

“I think today he was at his best… That’s what I felt during the match. He was really close to winning it [in the] second set. I managed to stay there.

“I felt in the third set that I was really tired physically, for sure, but I felt like he started to miss some balls, he started to run a little bit slower because he was tired.

“To make Dominic tired in a three-set match, not a five-set, I think is a great achievement.

“All these small things, Dominic is playing as [of] today [as] one of the best players in the history [of the sport], not yet maybe by the titles and Grand Slams, but as I say, playing [with the form of] today.”

Only three other players since 1996 have beaten all of the top three players in the world at the same tournament, and Medvedev is more than happy to join that exclusive list.

”It is amazing [to beat the Top 3 here],” Medvedev said. “In the group I beat Novak, then Rafa in the semi-finals and Dominic in the final, [the] best players in the world… [It] means a lot.

“[It] shows what I’m capable of when I’m playing good, when I’m feeling good mentally, physically. I know what I’m capable of.

“I just need to produce it more and more and hopefully more matches like this.”

Please follow Tennisbuzz on Twitter and Instagram, and you can like us on Facebook by clicking here.

For more exclusive content from Tennisbuzz, including news, features, trivia, promotions and more, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or via our home page.

Why not test your tennis knowledge by tackling one of our fiendish quizzes too?

Other News

‘I can finally see myself competing with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal again,’ says Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori says he can see himself being able to compete with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal again for the first time in months. Nishikori...

Daniil Medvedev to leapfrog Rafael Nadal in rankings with big three dominance finally showing signs of decline

Men's tennis will have a new name inside its top two for the first time in 16 years on Monday, with Daniil Medvedev breaking...

‘The only suspense at Roland Garros is to learn who Rafael Nadal will beat in the final,’ says Patrick Mouratoglou

The only suspense to the men's singles competition at Roland Garros is finding out who Rafael Nadal will beat in the final, says Patrick...

‘I’m just trying to focus on my mindset,’ says Roger Federer ahead of Doha return

Roger Federer is making his much-anticipated return to tennis in Doha this week after a year away from the sport and says he is...

Roger Federer: ‘Novak Djokovic is one of the greatest players ever’

Roger Federer has been praising rival Novak Djokovic ahead of his much anticipated return to tennis.  Federer was forced to take a year out of...

Novak Djokovic updates his schedule by confirming his next three tournaments

Novak Djokovic provisionally intends to play the Miami Open at the end of this month, his website has revealed. Djokovic suffered an abdominal tear whilst...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Don't miss a thing from Tennisbuzz - get all the latest tennis news, exclusive content and competitions, and tennis trivia teasers all delivered to your inbox.

Related articles

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here