Daniil Medvedev has returned to talk about the last year incredible comeback suffered in the final against Rafael Nadal, and his journey at the Australian Open was interrupted in the third round under the blows of one of the best versions of Sebastian Korda.
Something seems to have changed in the Russian tennis player's mind and confidence level. The first Major won at the US Open in 2021 and the top of the ranking, in fact, have not had a positive impact on his career. Suffice it to say that Medvedev has won only two tournaments, Los Cabos and Vienna, in 2022.
Medvedev explained in the press conference: "Matches like this are tough. What can I say. I think we played at a very good level, maybe at an even better level than him. I didn't play bad at all, but below the level needed to win.
It's difficult, probably everything is related to my confidence. Like all points fought: I didn't win many. He hit the lines many times. He was better than me. I've won several games like this, but now I'm struggling a bit."
"Excluding the Big 3, all other tennis players suffer many defeats"
The Russian will no longer be part of the top ten due to this defeat: "What has changed? Especially the result.
Also last year I won difficult matches against Nick Kyrgios, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Felix Auger-Aliassime. I really can't explain it. I always thought I had a chance of winning, even against Nadal. I was doing the right thing but Rafa managed to beat me.
But today was different, he was always ahead and I tried to fight. It's about your feelings, that's why tennis is such a tough sport. Any player in the top 30 can beat you. Obviously the top ten are more continuous. Even Novak Djokovic can lose sometimes.
Less than the others. Excluding him, Nadal and Roger Federer, the others lose many times. My shots haven't changed, I just have to do better."