World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev revealed he didn’t feel well before the match so he took some painkillers before coming out to the court to play Australian Alex de Minaur.
The painkillers obviously helped Medvedev as the Russian cruised past de Minaur 6-4 6-2 at the ATP Cup.
Medvedev’s victory over de Minaur sealed victory for Russia as Roman Safiullin beat James Duckworth in the opening match of the tie.
“We fight when we play for our country, to the last point,” said Medvedev, per the ATP Cup website. “I didn’t feel great prior to the match, so I took some painkillers before I came out. I’m really happy for Roman, he’s winning every match he’s played so far. I watched his match tonight from the locker room. I’ve known him since he was 10, he had a good junior career and has been unlucky with injuries.”
De Minaur spoke highly of Medvedev
Medvedev made a fast start to the match as he claimed two breaks to go 3-0 up.
De Minaur got one break back but that was all as Medvedev served out for the opener in the 10th game.
After winning the first set, Medvedev broke de Minaur twice in the second set to seal a straight-set win.
“He’s a very tactical player, in the sense of he baits you very well to go for a lot,” said de Minaur of Medvedev. “He’s obviously a very good mover with very good end-range shots. To beat him, you got to obviously be aggressive and take the net, but at the same time you don’t want to over press. I feel like I did a bit of that today, and made a couple too many unforced errors… He makes life quite difficult in that aspect and especially on this court his ball was shooting through and it was very tough to get any free points today.”