Daniil Medvedev: ”Octopus’ is my most common nickname but I prefer ‘Bear’

World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev says “Octopus” is probably his most common nickname but the one he prefers the most is “Bear.”

Recently, 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek told Medvedev his playing style made him look like a “pretzel.”

“Pretzel, that was the first time I heard it, so I don’t know if it should stay as a nickname, I still don’t understand why. ‘Octopus’ is probably the most common one, which a lot of people call me,” said Medvedev, per Arab News. 

“But me, if you ask me my favorite one is the ‘Bear’, because that’s what my surname means in Russian and that’s also the easiest for me, because I’ve been called ‘Bear’ in all my school years until I was 20 years old.” Good to know!

Medvedev hoping to defend his ATP Finals title 

Medvedev finished the 2020 season with back-to-back victories at the Paris Masters and ATP Finals. 

“Tennis is so much about ups and downs, gaining of confidence. Coming into Paris last year I felt completely out of shape, low on confidence and not sure what I could achieve in the last two tournaments of the year. I found my tennis and confidence to win both of them, and of course I beat Novak [Djokovic], Rafa [Nadal] and Dominic [Thiem] at the [Nitto ATP] Finals. Three really tough match ups,” Medvedev revealed. 

“It was amazing, and that gave me confidence in Australia. After you re-watch [matches] on YouTube, your confidence is back. You think, ‘I’m still able to do it.’

“We had the pandemic when we didn’t play for a long time [in 2020 and] I had some problems with my body. So coming back was not easy, but these two tournaments last year brought back my confidence. It was enough for all this year, knowing that I could beat the best players in the world.”

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