Daniil Medvedev has been one of the most consistent players in the last couple of seasons, claiming Masters 1000 titles and the ATP Finals crown and battling in two Major finals. Daniil doesn’t expect much during the clay swing, although he can become world no.
1 with notable results in Madrid and Rome. Speaking about Roger Federer, Daniil praised the 20-time Major champion after calling him a fantastic player and everyone’s idol. Also, the Russian mentioned his three losses against the Swiss, saying they came in 2018 and 2019 when he wasn’t at the current level.
Making a comparison, Daniil admitted it wouldn’t be the same to beat Federer now and when he was at his prime around 2006. Federer and Medvedev met for the first time in Shanghai 2018, with the young Russian keeping the more experienced player on the court for almost two hours before Roger prevailed 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
Daniil grabbed two breaks, but it wasn’t enough to keep him safe, suffering three breaks to push Roger over the finish line.
Daniil Medvedev spoke about Roger Federer and their encounters.
A few weeks later in Basel, Federer proved to be too strong in front of his home fans, toppling Medvedev 6-4, 6-1 in 65 minutes to advance into the final.
Medvedev earned one break and gave away over half of the points in his games, losing ground in set number two and propelling the crowd favorite through. Federer beat Medvedev 6-4, 6-2 in 62 minutes in Miami 2019, storming over the Russian to seal the deal in just over an hour in their most recent duel.
They lost only seven points in eight service games to stay locked at 4-4 in the opening set before Federer grabbed a break at 15 in game nine and fended off three break chances in the next one for 6-4. Losing ground, Medvedev experienced two loose service games in set number two to keep Roger en route to his 28th and so far the last Masters 1000 crown.
“When I played against Roger in 2018 and 2019, I was a worse player than now, which doesn’t mean anything. If I beat him now, it wouldn’t be the same as when he was 25. He remains a fantastic player and an idol to everyone,” Daniil Medvedev said.