It has been the best week of Daniil Medvedev’s young career. Not only has he won the biggest title of his career, but he is also ranked at a career high of five. There is no doubt that Daniil Medvedev is one of the star players of 2019.
The Russian won his first ATP Masters 1000 by claiming the top prize in Cincinnati. The 23-year-old Muscovite who resides in Monte Carlo, was playing his third final in as many weeks and this time it turned out to be third time lucky.
“I have to say even if I wouldn’t have finished with the trophy, they were amazing (weeks) and the best in my life,” Medvedev said. “But of course, I think with the trophy is better. Especially if I would have lost three finals in a row, I would have not doubted myself but, like, started asking myself how is it possible, three finals, lost all of them? What should I do differently in the final?
“(Now) I don’t have to ask myself these questions because, well, I won the final. Yeah, it’s been the best weeks in my life. I mean, as I say, mentality was the best in my life. My serve was the best in my life. My tennis was really consistent. I didn’t have one bad match. I’m just extremely happy. And hopefully I can continue this way well through all my career but hopefully at least next few weeks.”
Medvedev followed up his win over world No.1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic in the semis by defeating David Goffin 7-6, 6-4 to win the title in Cincinnati but because he was so tired physically and mentally that his post-match celebration was pretty muted.
“That’s exactly (right),” he said smiling. “If you would have asked me before the tournament how would I celebrate, I’d probably say, Yeah, I’m going to fall on the court, I’m gonna start screaming and jumping and then raising my hands up.
“I was so exhausted during all the match, to be honest. And especially 5 3, I started cramping everywhere. Of course, I tried to not show it. This last game, 15 40, I cramp everywhere. I say, Okay, if it’s 5 All, what do I do?
“And I make four amazing serves. And when I make the last one, I’m like, Wow, it’s finished. And I had no, zero force inside of me to do anything. It is how it is.”
Goffin said he did not realise that Medvedev was having some physical issues but acknowledged the roll the Russian has been on the last three weeks saying he was “super solid” and facing him was “like playing against a wall”.
“He’s not easy to play. Side to side, he’s moving okay for a big guy. And he just doesn’t miss. So, you don’t know between to be solid or attacking,” Goffin said. “That’s why everybody is struggling, because he’s so consistent, now with more confidence. He’s a really good player, really good player. He’s just solid. It’s tough to make winner, to be precise. He’s really good, unbelievable the level he had the last three weeks. No, it’s congrats to him.”
The doubles title went to Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek who defeated Wimbledon champions Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 4-6, 6-4 10/6.