Daniil Medvedev recalls his teenage period

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Daniil Medvedev recalls his teenage period

Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev believes he didn't miss out on many things during his teenage years as he became fully committed to the game at the age of 21. Medbedev, who achieved a career-high ranking of No. 2 in the world last month, has won 10 ATP titles throughout his career and he has established himself as one of the top players on the Tour.

"To be completely honest with you, I think I missed out on much less things than some other tennis players, because till I was 18 maybe or 17 when, especially when you get in junior Grand Slams, that's where you see Rafa, Roger, Novak and you say, Okay, maybe I do actually have the chance to be this place one day," Medvedev said.

"Before this, you know, I didn't know that I would sacrifice my life to tennis like I did as I say later. So my mom was also for studying. She was kind of a little bit against tennis. So I went to university for one year, a really good one in Russia.

I was going to school a lot, so I had a lot of friends."

Medvedev had a normal teenage life

"I mean, I was going to cinema, playing PlayStation, so I don't think I missed on a lot of teenage life. Talking about a little bit later, I was always saying, until I was 21, if I'm not mistaken, I was not really paying too much attention to small details.

So again, I could enjoy life because I just thought that it wouldn't affect my tennis," Medvedev said. "So, yeah, now I can say that when I sacrificed my life to tennis when I was 21, I said, Okay, I'm going to go to bed early, I'm going to eat well.

If I had a day off, I'm not gonna, I don't know, walk for 10 kilometers at the beach. I'm going to rest and prepare for the practice the next day. "That's when the results came, so I cannot regret it (smiling)."

Medvedev, ranked at No. 3 in the world, played at the Madrid Masters this week. Medvedev, who was seeded at No. 2 in the Madrid main draw, had a first round bye at the tournament. In his opener at the tournament, Medvedev recovered from a set down to beat rising Spanish star Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. In the round-of-16, Medvedev lost in three sets to Cristian Garin.