Medvedev opens up about his ATP Finals loss
World no. 2 Daniil Medvedev could not believe that he failed to defend his ATP Finals crown in a two-set loss to Alexander Zverev. It was a huge loss that took him off his game and he could not find a way to score a huge tally against one of his best rivals.
Daniil was at a loss on how he would explain his loss to Alex. No one expected him to fall short in a competition where he thrived so much over the years. This just shows how much effort he gave to come back into the ATP Finals and try to win it.
He was out of excuses. Daniil could not even say that there was a chance that he missed his big shots. The Russian star admitted that he was not at his 100%, but he knew that something was missing in his game.
‘Even when my serve was going on the line, it didn’t really have that spark. It wasn’t enough for Sascha, who is a great player and broke me two times’, the world no. 2 said. ‘Sometimes, in a way, it’s not bad, but when you’re playing in a big final on a fast surface against someone who is serving like Sascha, it’s enough to win the match. We can talk about many things, but the serve was definitely the key today, and he was better’.
Daniil nailed 59 aces and won a huge tally of 61% from his second-service points in five matches at the season finale. The Russian could not just beat Alex for the third time in as many weeks. This proves how strong of an opponent Alex can be.
The Russian star scored a two-set win against the German star at the Rolex Paris Masters last November. Daniil was the likely winner between them due to their shared record but it all changed in the ATP Finals when Zverev was a man on a mission.
‘I tried to change up things I’d been doing, and I felt it was working well, but I just couldn’t return his serve and it was enough for him to win the match’, Daniil said. ‘Every time you know he is going to do something new and you have to be prepared for it and the same for them’.
Despite the loss, Daniil will still finish 2021 as the world no. 2. He had a 58-13 record this season and has lifted a total of four trophies. He went 11-5 against players in the top 10, which includes his win against world no. 1 Novak Djokovic at the US Open final.
This loss at the ATP Finals can lead to a bigger run for Daniil in 2022, and he hopes to bounce back after that tough ending. The Russian knows no limits, so he might even go for a revenge campaign in the coming season.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores