Daniil Medvedev has opened up about the mentality that makes him a good fighter on court and says it can sometimes make him go ‘crazy’.
World number two Medvedev has been on an outstanding run of late, winning the Nitto ATP Finals at the end of 2020, leading Team Russia to win the ATP Cup, reaching the final of the Australian Open and winning the ATP 250 in Marseille.
Along the way he went on a 20-match winning spree, beating many top ten players including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev.
As the number one seed at the Masters 1000 Miami Open, he has now reached the quarter-finals beating Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-3.
However, it was the match before that against Alexei Popyrin, that gave Medvedev the biggest challenge as he was barely able to walk in the third set due to intense cramping. He subsequently admitted the win was one of the “sweetest’ of his career.
Now Medvedev has lifted the lid on what he thinks gives him the edge on court – a ‘Russian mentality.’
“We feel like everything is against us. If you’re Russian, you’re like, ‘everything is against me but I’m going to go through it, I’m going to fight through it’ Medvedev told grandslamtennis.
“That’s what makes sometimes me go crazy on the court – and that’s not good.
“When we are pushed to the wall, then there is no way back, like many wars in Russian history.
“People who were fighting against Russia would come to Moscow (Napoleon, Hitler) and basically think it’s finished.
“But we won the war(s). Russians are, ‘Okay, that’s enough. You know, we’re gonna fight back.’”
Medvedev added that his national determination can come in useful in winning a match.
“This is a mentality when I want to beat someone, I feel the Russian mentality.”
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