Friday, January 17, 2020 10:50 p.m. EST
Through Ian Ransom
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Having suffered burn-out on the finish of a super 2019, Daniil Medvedev is feeling rejuvenated and worthy of the hype he’s producing as some of the most sensible contenders out of doors the ‘Large 3’ on the Australian Open.
American nice John McEnroe has tipped the U.S. Open finalist as the person possibly to wreck the Grand Slam stranglehold of Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer at Melbourne Park after a season that includes 4 titles and a Excursion-leading 59 fit wins.
Such predictions have proved a heavy burden on different younger skills however Russian Medvedev sees the reward as an endorsement of his speedy upward thrust within the recreation.
“Each and every time any individual says one thing like this, particularly John, who used to be an excellent tennis participant, a legend, it makes you roughly satisfied,” the 23-year-old informed newshounds at Melbourne Park on Saturday.
“It signifies that what you have got completed final 12 months get spotted.
“When tennis professionals or legends like John say it, it is an honor for me. However it isn’t as simple to do it as to mention.
“I will take it fit by means of fit. Expectantly I will be 100% bodily as a result of that is crucial factor.”
Medvedev’s golden 2019 reached a prime level at Flushing Meadows the place he got here again from two units down in opposition to Nadal earlier than falling quick in an exciting ultimate.
He adopted that with titles in St Petersburg and Shanghai earlier than hitting the wall with a first-round go out on the Paris Masters after which crashing out of the season-ending ATP Finals with 3 directly defeats in November.
It used to be a deflating end to the 12 months which Medvedev mentioned had left him with nagging ideas he may by no means scale such heights once more.
“Some moments you’ll be able to say to your self possibly it used to be two just right months of your occupation, two very best months, then you’re by no means going to get your tennis again,” he mentioned.
“A very powerful is to return out to observe, simply to take a look at to do your very best, to take a look at to hit the balls just right. As I see, it’ll come again.”
Medvedev proved he used to be again not off course with an encouraging match on the inaugural ATP Cup the place he received all his singles suits earlier than a three-set defeat to Djokovic within the semis.
He’s going to face 21-year-old American Frances Tiafoe, who loved an exciting run to the quarter-finals final 12 months, in an intriguing first-round conflict on Tuesday.
From there, he has an ideal likelihood to surpass final 12 months’s earlier very best consequence at Melbourne Park, when he used to be overwhelmed within the fourth around by means of Djokovic.
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