‘I think it can only help Novak Djokovic’, says former ATP ace

Although with a slight scare, and suffering much more than budgeted, Daniil Medvedev debuted with the right foot in the ATP Finals 2021. The activity of the “Masters Tournament” in Turin opened with the game between two of the great servers of the circuit professional, where the number two in the world got the best part by beating Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 6-7, 6-3 and 6-4. Although Medvedev did not allow any opportunity to lose the serve, Hurkacz ended it forced in a first set where they went until the tiebreak. There the underdog managed to take advantage by taking advantage of his fourth set point. Subsequently, Medvedev started both the second and third episodes by breaking the serve to the Pole, who was unable to return the courtesy. The second seed of the tournament finished with 15 ‘aces’, a very high 81% effectiveness with the first service and broke Hurkacz’s serve in two of the four opportunities he generated. In the end he ended up taking a hard-fought victory, but which puts him at the moment in the lead of his Group with a 1-0 record, waiting for what the German Alexander Zverev and the Italian Matteo Berrettini do. “The surface is very fast, so will all the games. It is very difficult to think, execute and carry out the strategy on such a fast surface, and against such a rival”, said the Russian after his victory. “It’s good to be in this position as the favorite, it means some extra pressure. I like the pressure, it’s great to be here as the defending champion, so I’m happy,” he added. Mats Wilander recently emphasized that he is not a big fan of Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev getting friendlier to the point of practicing with each other regularly. The Swede believes that their relationship has not only watered down their on-court rivalry, but is also more beneficial for Djokovic in the long run.

Mats Wilander on Novak Djokovic

Speaking to Eurosport, Mats Wilander sounded skeptical about the growing friendship between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev. “I think this [relationship] is great for Novak in the long run,” Wilander stated. “Novak learns a lot about his opponents by practicing with them, and I think Daniil is going to learn that Novak is the greatest player of all time by practicing with him. So I think it can only help Novak.” Having said that, the former world no.1 opined that Medvedev has cemented his place in the upper echelon of men’s tennis and predicted that the Russian would likely dominate the tour in the coming years provided he remains fit. “I think Daniil Medvedev has arrived,” Wilander said. “He’s going to be at the top of the game for the next five or six years, if nothing physical happens to him.”

 

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