Medvedev News 6.0

speedysteve

Legend
Guys like Meddy and Kyrgios are saving tennis...from the ATP marketing department.

What on earth are his sponsors going to use for the Mad Lad merchandise? I would wear a coin toss shirt.
Coin toss necklace?
Middle finger baseball cap?
"Don't snatch my towel" towels?
"I'm the Russian Bullsheet" mugs and pens?
"I feed off your negative energy, you NY feckers" T-Shirt..

Jeeze, they just need to get a sense of humour..

Should be employing me in merch dept!
 

I Am Finnish

Talk Tennis Guru
Nah. They were cool with him after tonight. Think they respect that he doesn't pander to them. I mean, they'll be 100% behind Fed, but they always are, unless Fed is playing Rafa, so business as usual.
Loved this match, Med just went all out and Wawrinka couldn't cope mentally.
How is his leg?
 

megamind

Hall of Fame
The One True King looked stronk today

He has the ability to meme his way to success against Federer or little Federer
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
The crowd will eat him alive over 2 days if Fedr prevails tonight :X3::oops:
The crowd was perfectly respectable to DM today. He said he was "wrong" in his presser and the crowd was fine with him today. And in fairness, Fed could play God himself at the USO and the crowd will be 95% pro-Roger.
 

I Am Finnish

Talk Tennis Guru
Nah. They were cool with him after tonight. Think they respect that he doesn't pander to them. I mean, they'll be 100% behind Fed, but they always are, unless Fed is playing Rafa, so business as usual.
Loved this match, Med just went all out and Wawrinka couldn't cope mentally.
The crowd was perfectly respectable to DM today. He said he was "wrong" in his presser and the crowd was fine with him today. And in fairness, Fed could play God himself at the USO and the crowd will be 95% pro-Roger.
That is Good to hear :)
 

Rogfan

Semi-Pro
He shows a lot of charisma at such a young age in the interviews. Yet if you look at that video from Sydney International in January where he delivered donuts to ball kids, he looked just like a kid himself! I really like this young man!
 

megamind

Hall of Fame
No such thing as moral victories, but this was close, conceptually. Hope he uses this defeat as a ladder to future success. Next stops, assuming he doesn't decide to bypass either now, is the St Pete 250 and then the China Open 500.
our king fought bravely

by far the best play i've seen from any next gen-er

hoping he can win the shanghai or paris masters
 

MugOpponent

Hall of Fame
I was already a fan but I have to say I'm thrilled at his emergence. I was concerned there would be a prolonged period where I wouldn't have a rooting interest in tennis after Nadal. Now I definitely have my next favorite player. I'm still stunned Rafa pulled it out, Medvedev was playing like a man possessed.

I have to think he has a good chance to win Shanghai and it'll be fun to watch him in Australia.
 

Start da Game

Professional
kudos to daniil from me too......the best part about him is that he appears as if he doesn’t seem to care too much about the end results, very easy going......

i thought he dint serve consistently well to pose a threat to rafa......still he managed to last five sets......great effort and i have no doubt that he is a firm favourite for AO next year......
 

speedysteve

Legend
I've followed him a long while on TennisTV 250, 500, 1000 tourneys.

Was rooting for him (nothing to do with Nadal) just like it shared around.., so, so close.
He really made a great final of it.
As said, played like a man possessed.
His wife is stoic too!

Let's hope it's onwards and upwards.

I'm really looking forward to the future of tennis. It will always surprise and delight us.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Let's hope it's onwards and upwards.

I'm really looking forward to the future of tennis. It will always surprise and delight us.
I really enjoyed Medvedev's attitude the entire two weeks. He's made me a fan and I wish nothing but many slams in his future and much success. He has such an intriguing personality and sense of humor. I really, really like him. I'd love to learn more about his wife too, she sits in the box with ice water in her veins!
 

I Am Finnish

Talk Tennis Guru
I really enjoyed Medvedev's attitude the entire two weeks. He's made me a fan and I wish nothing but many slams in his future and much success. He has such an intriguing personality and sense of humor. I really, really like him. I'd love to learn more about his wife too, she sits in the box with ice water in her veins!
So do I lol :-D

Love his troll/weird attitude
 

I Am Finnish

Talk Tennis Guru
I've followed him a long while on TennisTV 250, 500, 1000 tourneys.

Was rooting for him (nothing to do with Nadal) just like it shared around.., so, so close.
He really made a great final of it.
As said, played like a man possessed.
His wife is stoic too!

Let's hope it's onwards and upwards.

I'm really looking forward to the future of tennis. It will always surprise and delight us.
I expected a 3 sets victory from Nadal but MedEvil surprised us all

He will the AO & USO in the furture & multi HC masters
 

yokied

Professional
My initial thoughts on the USO19 final: court positioning, power and approaches were obviously relevant. But Med's biggest issue was his shot placement on his big target strategy.

His big target point rally construction was aimed at the wrong side. Nadal is always looking to hit the FH but he is most dangerous on the BH side where he can run around it and hit the FH inside out or inside in. Med played most of his rally balls to that centre-BH side which is exactly where Nadal wants to be. Even if you get enough on it to stop him running around the FH, Nadal has built his CC BH to be nearly as deadly as his inside out FH. Med was behind in a lot of rallies from that shot on. Med's deep positioning that he has been criticised a lot for actually helped him stay in those points.

The few points where Med's radar drifted and he accidentally rallied balls to Nadal's centre-FH side, Nadal didn't do much with them. The DTL FH from the centre-FH side is a difficult shot and one Nadal doesn't play much or with much threat to it. He also can't put much on the CC FH from the centre of the court, so didn't damage Med much from there. Med turned a lot of points his way starting with these rally balls to centre-FH. This was evident throughout the match but becomes very noticeable here from the 3rd onwards when he started getting more aggressive on the weak replies from Nadal's centre-FH side.

His decisions on counter attack bring into consideration all the court positioning, power, winners and approaches issues that have already been covered. His counterattacking game definitely needs improvement across the board there but not as much as you think. When he lets his attacking instincts take over and he's close to the baseline between 3 and 10 shots into the rally, he does a lot of damage to Nadal in a lot of ways. The main issue is with putting himself in too many defensive rallies.

The slices. They're not troubling Nadal, at all. Too soft, not enough pace, not enough slice and too much side spin which makes it readable in the backswing. Again, always to the wrong side. Nadal actually likes slices to his BH that he can reply with ludicrous BH DTL moonballs or run around and get underneath them with the inside out or inside in FH.

He and his coach clearly study the game and the psychology required and understand that adjustments need to be made. Now he sees he has a shot at this level, there is lot to work on and some choices about what aspects of his game and strategy to prioritise. Maybe they look at his conditioning first, or power, or spinrates or approaches: slice, angle groundstrokes and volleys. It'll be interesting to see how he fares after time to rest and regroup for WTF and AO20.
 
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Rogfan

Semi-Pro
^^thanks for your analysis and I always enjoy such expert analysis here which is so rare now. I hope Daniil and his coach will see it - he said he liked to read what people talk about him out there so you never know.

AO can’t come soon enough! It’d be very interesting to see which court he’s put on - only one Rod Laver and we have big 3 and all the Aussies. Daniil was put on the outside court, or third court until quarters, if I’m not mistaken.
 

DRII

G.O.A.T.
My initial thoughts on the USO19 final: court positioning, power and approaches were obviously relevant. But Med's biggest issue was his shot placement on his big target strategy.

His big target point rally construction was aimed at the wrong side. Nadal is always looking to hit the FH but he is most dangerous on the BH side where he can run around it and hit the FH inside out or inside in. Med played most of his rally balls to that centre-BH side which is exactly where Nadal wants to be. Even if you get enough on it to stop him running around the FH, Nadal has built his CC BH to be nearly as deadly as his inside out FH. Med was behind in a lot of rallies from that shot on. Med's deep positioning that he has been criticised a lot for actually helped him stay in those points.

The few points where Med's radar drifted and he accidentally rallied balls to Nadal's centre-FH side, Nadal didn't do much with them. The DTL FH from the centre-FH side is a difficult shot and one Nadal doesn't play much or with much threat to it. He also can't put much on the CC FH from the centre of the court, so didn't damage Med much from there. Med turned a lot of points his way starting with these rally balls to centre-FH. This was evident throughout the match but becomes very noticeable here from the 3rd onwards when he started getting more aggressive on the weak replies from Nadal's centre-FH side.

His decisions on counter attack bring into consideration all the court positioning, power, winners and approaches issues that have already been covered. His counterattacking game definitely needs improvement across the board there but not as much as you think. When he lets his attacking instincts take over and he's close to the baseline between 3 and 10 shots into the rally, he does a lot of damage to Nadal in a lot of ways. The main issue is with putting himself in too many defensive rallies.

The slices. They're not troubling Nadal, at all. Too soft, not enough pace, not enough slice and too much side spin which makes it readable in the backswing. Again, always to the wrong side. Nadal actually likes slices to his BH that he can reply with ludicrous BH DTL moonballs or run around and get underneath them with the inside out or inside in FH.

He and his coach clearly study the game and the psychology required and understand that adjustments need to be made. Now he sees he has a shot at this level, there is lot to work on and some choices about what aspects of his game and strategy to prioritise. Maybe they look at his conditioning first, or power, or spinrates or approaches: slice, angle groundstrokes and volleys. It'll be interesting to see how he fares after time to rest and regroup for WTF and AO20.
I understand what you are saying, but remember Med's fh is his 'weaker' stroke, it's still very good due to his excellent racquet head control but the stroke itself is a little loose and unorthodox.

I thought he did well looping his fh shots cross court. It kept Nadal from readily attacking the way he did in Canada.
 

megamind

Hall of Fame


A great example of reaching up for the ball, and eye contact after the hit

If you aint doing this then you aint serving right!
 

megamind

Hall of Fame
In a press conference, our King defended Nick Kyrgios from the criticism. The Russian player said: "Even if there are many people who don't like Nick, I have to say that he is a good guy and an amazing person off the court." (found this on a rival site, so won't post the link to keep the talk tennis gods happy)
 
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