By Richard Pagliaro | Thursday, October 7, 2021
A feeding frenzy adopted Daniil Medvedev’s dynamic surge to his maiden main title on the US Open.
The second-ranked Russian has been stunned by the response he is obtained in American eating places: followers need to pay for his meal to have a good time his historic Flushing Meadows run that denied world No. 1 Novak Djokovic the calendar Grand Slam.
“Lots of people attempt to—I don’t know why—attempt to pay for me within the eating places and typically I don’t handle [to beat them to the check],” Medvedev instructed the media at Indian Wells. “However normally after all I attempt to refuse it as a result of I don’t see why to just accept it from individuals I don’t know however typically the waiter comes and says: ‘You possibly can’t pay something extra as a result of it’s already been paid.’
“That’s fairly humorous, however unusual in a means.”
Complimentary meals have not diminished Medvedev’s urge for food for fulfillment—the highest seed at this week’s BNP Paribas Open says he is nonetheless hungry for fulfillment.
“I’m nonetheless younger. After all it was a giant objective for me, a giant dream come true [to win a Grand Slam title],” Medvedev mentioned. “However you understand I’m nonetheless right here in Indian Wells. Really, I haven’t left USA after US Open as a result of I knew I had Indian Wells and Laver Cup coming so if I needed to really feel good bodily, to return to Europe was not a sensible choice since I went far within the US Open.”
Dominic Thiem, who made historical past as the primary man within the Open Period to rally from two units down within the US Open remaining and win the title final 12 months, conceded he struggled to regain the hearth after mastering his first main in New York. Medvedev, who spent a part of final week coaching at UCLA as he takes goal at a second Masters 1000 crown within the desert, says he is pumped to play and end the season sturdy as he did final 12 months sweeping 10 consecutive matches to seize the Paris Masters and ATP Finals titles in succession.
After his US Open triumph, Medvedev dismissed Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 6-0 in Laver Cup and says his objective is straightforward: attempt to win each event he performs for the remainder of the season.
“I’ve motivation,” Medvedev mentioned. “I got here right here ready. I used to be in Los Angeles for every week to attempt to carry my tennis up as a result of that’s what I’m making an attempt to do on a regular basis with my coach.
“After all we can’t know earlier than the event what the result’s gonna be, however once more even when I lose second spherical right here, nothing to do with the motivation. It’s gonna be as a result of the opponent was higher or I used to be not enjoying that good. I’m gonna play just a few tournaments this 12 months left for me and I’m gonna attempt to give my greatest and attempt to win them.”
Photograph credit score: Tennis Australia