Daniil Medvedev - rise and rise of a 'smart' tennis star
CARRY OFF: Novak Djokovic a very complete player calls him and Alexander Zverev says he has a unique style that makes him the best in men tennis in current form, impressive.
Now Daniil Medvedev is directed to Roger Federer The third place in the world rankings before the end of the year and pursues a first Grand Slam title next year.
The 23-year-old Russian said he had been invincible when he won the Shanghai Masters with a ruthless demolition of Zverev 6-4, 6-1 on Sunday.
After Medvedev defeated another young talent in Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals, the 21-year-old Greek described Medvedev's way of winning as boring.
So it has a huge service and if you manage to recover it, there are only countless balls on the court ... (all) what you can do is hit as hard as you can from side to side, be precise and make it move.
Otherwise, you can touch it again and touch it again and play it again.
Just keep coming back, keep coming back.
Sour grapes? Maybe. Medvedev and Tsitsipas have what Zverev called a strange relationship.
But effective? Certainly, because Shanghai was the sixth consecutive final of Medvedev.
Even before losing to him for the first time in five games on Sunday, Zverev, 22, said Medvedev was the best player in the world right now.
And after losing the final to him in straight sets, the sixth German classified gave an idea of what makes the Russian ranked fourth so hard to beat.
Zverev disagreed with the boring label.
I really think otherwise. Daniil is someone who plays in a way we have never seen before, said Zverev.
That is not boring for me.
Zverev said the Medvedev 2019 is a completely different proposal than the one he has repeatedly defeated before.
When elaborating on what he wanted to say about Medvedev's style, Zverev added: Maybe he doesn't make big winners or right-handers or anything like that.
He plays very flat, plays with shots that really can't be done with the ball, and that is hard to play against him aggressively.
Sometimes, maybe that's why it is seen on television or from the outside that players don't play as aggressively against him as against others, but I feel he doesn't leave you.
Medvedev has been a known quantity to tennis fans for a while and he won three titles last year. But since this summer the Russian has stepped up to a whole new level.
The general public was announced with an agonizing five-set defeat for Rafael Nadal in the final of the US Open in September.
Speaking on Sunday in Shanghai, Medvedev said that something clicked in the United States, where his six-final streak in the rebound began in July-August.
But if he knows what it is, he is not saying.
Maybe I started to understand something else about me and I'm not really sure what, he said.
But the Russian freely admits that his ungainly body does not give him the gross power that many of his rivals possess, so he tries to play what he called intelligent.
Like talking about the service, I improved it a lot. But, for example, I can't serve 230 (kmh).
I don't know why, but I can't do it, so I have to play with my game.
And as I say, I began to understand my game much more and try to mix things, trying to choose the best possible shot in each situation.