Daniil Medvedev: ‘The US Open final defeat to Rafael Nadal hurt me the most’

Daniil Medvedev says of his two Grand Slam final defeats, the one against Rafael Nadal hurt the most.

Medvedev has established himself as the biggest challenger to Nadal and Novak Djokovic in recent months, going on a huge unbeaten run, winning the ATP Finals, and losing to the Serbian in the Australian Open final.

He also reached the 2019 US Open final, but lost in five sets to Rafael Nadal.

And, when asked which one hurt the most, he had to go with New York.

“At this moment [my greatest disappointment] is to lose a Grand Slam final.”

On which final defeat hurt the most, Medevdev added: “Both.

“For sure with Rafa maybe a little more, because I had my chances to win it.

“I can look back and say I could have done better in some points and maybe change the outcome of the match.”

By contrast, his Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic was a much more one-sided affair, with him struggling to establish any kind of rhythm in the match.

He was downright authoritative in the tournament before that, though, so his team are confident he is on the right track.

“This is proof that what we did at the end of last season is a step forward,” coach Gilles Cervara said.

“And with this new upgrade, Daniil is close to winning a Grand Slam, even if he still has to improve some small details in his game.”

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