MELBOURNE — Having suffered burn-out on the finish of an excellent 2019, Daniil Medvedev is feeling rejuvenated and worthy of the hype he’s producing as one of the most best contenders outdoor the ‘Large 3’ on the Australian Open.
American nice John McEnroe has tipped the U.S. Open finalist as the person perhaps 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 fast upward push within the recreation.
“Each time someone says one thing like this, particularly John, who was once an excellent tennis participant, a legend, it makes you more or less satisfied,” the 23-year-old advised journalists at Melbourne Park on Saturday.
“It implies that what you’ve got completed final 12 months get spotted.
“When tennis mavens or legends like John say it, it is an honor for me. However it is not as simple to do it as to mention.
“I will take it fit by way of fit. Expectantly I’m going to be 100% bodily as a result of that is a very powerful factor.”
Medvedev’s golden 2019 reached a top level at Flushing Meadows the place he got here again from two units down towards Nadal earlier than falling brief in an exhilarating 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 was once a deflating end to the 12 months which Medvedev stated had left him with nagging ideas he may by no means scale such heights once more.
“Some moments you’ll say to your self perhaps it was once two excellent months of your profession, two absolute best months, then you might be by no means going to get your tennis again,” he stated.
“A very powerful is to return out to observe, simply to take a look at to do your absolute best, to take a look at to hit the balls excellent. As I see, it’ll come again.”
Medvedev proved he was once again heading in the right direction 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 exhilarating run to the quarter-finals final 12 months, in an intriguing first-round conflict on Tuesday.
From there, he has a really perfect probability to surpass final 12 months’s earlier absolute best consequence at Melbourne Park, when he was once overwhelmed within the fourth around by way of Djokovic.
(Enhancing by way of Peter Rutherford)