The red-hot in-form player
Those are words of a young man hungry for more. Prior to the US Open, Medvedev was the red-hot in-form player of the tour, but he had never made it past the fourth round at a major. He rectified that situation in New York, showing incredible fighting abilities and mental strength. When he looked down and out against Rafael Nadal in the final, trailing by two sets and a break, Medvedev somehow found another gear, digging deep to take the next two sets to force a decider.
Earlier in the tournament, he had aggravated the notorious US Open crowd with his on-court behaviour. When they booed him, he taunted them with his witty post-match speeches, daring them to jeer him even louder. By the end of the fortnight, New York’s favourite villain turned into a hero after showing undeniable character no one could attack.
It is that character that gives many people reason to believe Medvedev is the real deal, and is here to stay. When the ATP came up with the Next Gen concept, Medvedev was hardly the most touted of the group. He has a game that, at first glance, can be underrated. He doesn’t look like he’s doing too much but in reality he is putting his opponents in difficult positions, then relentlessly does it over and over again.
“I heard that Egor Gerasimov said about me that I am like an octopus – I cling and do not let go. This is true, I try to create as many problems as possible for the opponent, and very often in the second set they just crack because of this,” explains Medvedev.