Daniil Medvedev Press Conference | 2023 US Open SemifinalSep 10, 2023
I managed to do, uh, all four sets. I played very well, but especially you know, I played the third set, let's call it that. I said I need to play 11 out of 10. The three sets I want, I managed to do it in the third set. I would say I was maybe nine and a half, maybe 10 out of 10 and as we saw it wasn't enough against Carlos, so I managed to play well, I managed to serve well, hit some lines in important moments, some great shots, so really . happy, but the tournament is not over, the period is not over, one more to go to another rematch of your Grand Slam victory, yeah, and that's what I'm saying, you know, against Norwalk, it's the same, he is always better than the last time, he plays, so for For example, I beat him in the US
openfile, he beat me in Versi in a great match.
Carlos Wimbledon beat Cincinnati, so Novak will be the best version of him on Sunday and I have to be the best version of myself if I want to try to win. he's fine congratulations once again thank you name and affiliation please David dot com how loud he was getting towards the end of the match it felt like you were trying to play a lot faster to try to avoid the noise is that what you were doing and how were you trying to stay focused on such an intense finale. I don't even know what I was doing and then I'm sure you never want to serve during noise, but sometimes I'm also not someone who likes it if there's noise because either they want me to win or it's just a great time.
I don't like to bounce the ball like 15 times because then it takes me out of my rhythm, so if I bounce it like three times and I feel the noise. it's going down, I mean, okay, I'm going to serve, so maybe that was the case, maybe I was a little nervous, that's why I went faster, but overall, even with this
pressure, yeah, some double thoughts, but also good service. overall I felt like I handled it very well, I mean the most important thing is to win because he had the same game where I had a certain advantage for him, break point, this and I managed to win it and in the end it doesn't matter, we can.
I always say yes, first match point, maybe I should make an Ace and we don't talk about it but who cares, the most important thing is to finally get a match point and I'm happy I did it, well that's Neil Ava .Wallace The Washington Post um, you're known as a pretty good player, especially because of your hype, but how do you rate your defense tonight? It has to be one of the biggest races you've done in a long time. It was cool because, uh, there. I lost some points, but to the point where I thought, wow, I caught some balls that were really difficult and I thought, okay, that's good, you know, that means on the next point I can do the same thing and maybe he'll miss. or he could make a better shot.
I was in the zone so when I'm in the zone I'm a great defender, I run well, there were even some moments where I thought, damn, I should have started running faster because sometimes you tend to look at what your guy is doing. opponent, but against Carlos he is dangerous because he plays a very fast drop shot, so you don't have time to look and you know, every time I looked and I was slow, I thought like next time. I had to do better and I managed to do better next time, true, but you're no stranger to Grand Slam finals.
Do you have a day before the Grand Slam final routine? Actually, no, I would say no, I'm not really, you know? I'm going to practice at the same time as I did all the time, but not out of superstition, but because it's a good time to get some sleep but also have some time at night, so now I'm going to do everything. the same thing, it's just the mental preparation where you say, you want to go to war, you know you want to, you want to fight until then, you want to win and this is how you should be in the final of a Grand Slam, left side of Craig.
Can? Obviously, it's important to win those games, but how important do you feel? A while ago. The important thing is that you won that match against Carlos tonight, considering the previous two, you had not won a single set. Don't know. I know, I guess for confidence and self-esteem it is very important at the same time as tennis. It's great to have won this match, but if I lose the tournament on Sunday it's like it's a good tournament, but I'm going to do it. I'm very disappointed and that's tennis and, yes, it was a great victory. It's great for confidence.
You know, I hope I have many years of career ahead of me and knowing that I'm capable of doing it on the big stage every time. doing it one more time one more time brings more confidence you know you can do it again you want to do it again you want to feel this and at the same time the most important thing is to use it but forget it and ready for the next one okay really weinbaum from ESPN congratulations How will you use the 2021 final against Novak for your mental preparation for this one and how do you think it will affect you in Sunday's match?
I think it's the only way I can use it. It's like I say thinking that when Novak loses he is never the same afterwards, so it's different, it's just a different mentality, that's why he has 23 Grand Slams, any Master thousand weeks as number one, so I have to use him knowing that he will to be 10 times better than him that day and I have to be if I still want to beat him 10 times better than I was one day and that's what I'm going to try to do well all the way in the stands. Tomani Carlos was very complimentary about your forehand, he said that you like to increase the base a lot compared to your previous matches, I'm just curious to know how you feel with your phone today and what the challenge is of playing at that pace in the best of five sets Yes, the thing is that at the US Open and I really don't know the reason why I tend to play fast and aggressive.
I serve well, probably the speed of the court helps me, like in Indian Wells. I mean I got to the final and it was amazing because basically I can't hit the ball there and it has nothing to do with it, let's call it with my forehand and so I beat some good ones, there are some good matches, but as soon as I got to someone like Carlos with his style of play, it's over for me, um and me. Overall, I would think that on a court like Miami maybe I could have done the same thing as today, so I sure had my plan in my head, but I had the same plan at Wimbledon and Indian Wells, it's just that the courts were more difficult to drive. use it, I mean, grass is completely different, so on grass it's harder to hit this forehand, so I'm happy I did it.
Andrew Escape Mr 12 out of 10 on his head. Carlos said that you were coming back from your house with the great returns you were getting from Deep, only your thought was to not only be able to play more forcefully with him and be direct with him with your aggression, but also manage the crowd once again and dealing with all the celebrities that were on the rise like Tom Brady and Kevin Durant, yeah that's true, there's a lot of celebrities that were showing up all the time and I was like I'm trying to stay focused but I was like who's there, who's there? the next?
So I think I saw everyone. who was there and some of them, yeah, they were big stars, so it's cool, you know, seeing people enjoying tennis, that's amazing because it's a sport that I love, so I watch people on TV and some of them I'm a fan of some of them. I know it's just, watching the film or something, it's great to see them enjoying a great match and talking about Carlos, yeah, I'm happy because at Indian Wells and Wimbledon he used my return position from the back well, uh, but I knew which in my opinion it wasn't just this that uh uh May made me lose to him and I felt like even coming back from behind I can cause him problems and I managed to prove that today and that actually goes back to Craig uh the question.
It's great to know that even against probably one of the best Shutters and Wallys that serve, the game guys can come back from the fire and can win such great matches us
open.org uh, that sixth game of the fourth set, seven Deuces, you know, Carlos encourages to the crowd. it's as strong as in Ash, probably all night and then you have a break and then you have your own nod, you said at the end of the match that you really loved it, you know it was an amazing ground, was there a part of you? that had a you know what about those apples or something, hit them a little bit with that gesture and how the crowd helped you to maybe alleviate any nerves or lack of confidence that you might have had before the game. with the past couple of Soltero Carlos, yeah, first of all, this game was absolutely incredible, I mean, always because I think if you say seven juices, it probably had like six game points and I managed to use my second break point and every time he had this. points of the game I was like I was saying to myself I can win this game I can win this game I managed to hit some amazing points so we were both cheering the crowd on because the points were amazing and when I wanted to I was like come on You know I tried to finish the match and I made it and like I said the crowd was amazing today I felt like the energy was special uh it's just like I say for some reason the last game of the game probably like thousands of Spaniards.
I started yelling and screaming between the first and second serve and that's not nice, but what can you do? I can tell you that if after my race I'm somewhere at the tennis match and someone does it, I'm going to say it's him, it's him, this guy. This guy should be out of the tournament. I'm not even going to watch the game. I'll be like he's the one who kicked him out. Yes, when I'm on the court I just have to concentrate and try to win. Okay, we only have time for a couple more Howard. I'm Daniel Howard Fenbridge of the Associated Press.
What do you think was the key for you with your serve tonight? And I also wanted to ask you what the memory is for you. The strongest from that 2021 final here, the strongest memory is the last serve because I did some double falls. I think two or three double jumps on match points and important points and 4015 double drop and 40 30. I think I have to do this Surf. and then I played the point and then I hit the serve. In my opinion, I see that it is already done. I see him away from the ball and then somehow he touches the ball and almost falls.
I'm like, "Oh my God, that's how it was." It happened so it was a great memory and about the surfing today, yes, it was working well and again someone like Carlos, you have to serve well, you have no choice if he is on your serve, he is on you in such a way. I managed to hit some good serves, hit some good spots, mix it up at important moments, you know, we can call it a lucky second serve because when you go for it there's some luck, but you also take the risk, which if you're lucky that this one risk can pay off, so today was great, so, like I said, it has to be the same on Sunday.
Well last question please, there is this crazy statistic that your faceoff is better without a leg when he is number one. He's not good when he's out, yeah, the name is safe, so is this extra motivation when he's at number one and now he's kind of in a gray area because he's going to be number one? That's funny because, like you say, the statistic when it's For example, now it's still not number one, but hey, if we want to joke about it, I'm going to think that you already know what next Monday is number one, so if so, I'll interpret it as number one, but generally I don't.
I don't know why this statistic is like this, I don't think it has anything to do with what happens in the matches and, as I said on Sunday, I don't really care if he is number one or number two, he is not like Djokovic. and I want to try to win
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