Daniil Medvedev on the change to his game that helped him become a defensive ‘genius’ at Australian Open
“Two or three years ago, we started to work really hard on this aspect of my game because there were many matches, the first set would be tough and then [in the following set] I would drop down my level significantly,” said Daniil Medvedev of his improved fitness after his straight-sets win over Botic van de Zandschulp at the Australian Open. Mats Wilander called him a defensive genius.
Daniil Medvedev of Russia hits a backhand against Botic Van De Zandschulp of the Netherlands during day six of the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 22, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia
The Russian secured a convincing victory over the Dutchman who achieved his career-best record by progressing through to the third round.
Medvedev, who reached the 2021 final, will be looking to go one step further this year, and told Mats Wilander, Johanna Konta and Alize Lim that a renewed dedication to fitness has contributed to his emergence as one of the dominant forces in men’s tennis.
“Well, I'm trying to do a lot with my fitness coach,” Medvedev told Eurosport.
“Maybe two or three years ago, we started to work really hard on this aspect of my game because there were many matches - even three-set matches – the first set would be tough and then [in the following set] I would drop down my level significantly.
“So sat down with my team and we're like, ‘okay, this has to improve. We have to do better’. And yeah, I started to work really hard on the tennis court and I am very happy about it."