‘He is a chess player on a tennis court’ – ATP star tipped to beat anyone – Tennishead

Posted: September 15, 2020 at 2:57 pm

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Daniil Medvedev is a chess player on a tennis court, says Mats Wilander, who believes the Russian is now at a level where he can beat anyone in the world.

Medvedev has impressed again at the US Open, not dropping a single set en-route to the semi-finals.

Last year he finished runner-up, narrowly losing to Rafael Nadal in a five-set thriller on Arthur Ashe.

If he is to lay that ghost to rest and win his maiden Grand Slam this year, then he will have to go through top seed Dominic Thiem in the last four.

However, Eurosport analyst Wilander says he shouldnt fear anyone right now.

I think what has impressed me about Daniil Medvedev is that he seems to enjoy the pressure of being a defending runner-up from last year, which isnt easy to do, Wilander explained.

What I really like is that he fights for every point, his level of fighting for every point is very high all the time, right throughout the match.

Every moment of the match he seems to be completely engaged emotionally. I like the way he is in court angry, smiling, he looks like hes having a really good time and enjoying his tennis that I like.

I dont see why he cant win a Grand Slam. There are some players that dont like to play against Medvedev because he has such an awkward style so hes going to be winning matches and have good head-to-heads against very good players it doesnt matter who they are, they wont like playing against him.

He is building that reputation that it is tough to play against Medvedev and he doesnt give you anything for free.

You really dont know what hes going to do next with the second serve, you dont know when hes going to smack the forehand or push it back. Hes very unpredictable, the only predictable thing is that hes going to play smart and that he fights.

Even beyond that willingness to fight, though, there is another part of the Russians game that Wilander says is practically unique.

Daniil Medvedev doesnt play the scoreboard, he plays tactics, he plays momentum and he just keeps plugging away.

Against Andry Rublev (in the quarter-finals) he changed his tactics a little in the third set even though he was leading.

Hes a chess player. He hits the shot that he thinks is right for the moment, not because of where the score is.

Hes just a really good tactician on court and hes going to loom for solutions in any situation even if hes down two sets to love, or if hes up two sets to love thats why hes so tough.

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