Daniel Medvedev says strangers have been wanting to buy him dinner since he won his first Grand Slam, but the Russian tennis star is still hungry for more success.
The 25-year-old defeated Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open last month to avoid becoming the first man to win all four Grand Slams in a single year since the legendary Rod Lever in the 1960s.
“It was a big dream for me, where he is hoping to win another big title this week,” Medvedev said after practice in Indian Wells on Thursday. “I’m excited. I’m ready here.”
He was excited about whether he had been vaccinated against the corona virus, but with his 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Djokovic, more attention is now coming to his attention.
“Everyone talks about you in the media, in the newspapers and in Russia,” he said. “Some people texted me I hadn’t seen in a long time.
“A lot of people tried to pay for me in restaurants. Sometimes I try to refuse. I don’t know why I accept from people I don’t know.
“It’s funny, but weird anyway.”
Medvedev’s US Open victory came after a heartbreaking victory in the previous Grand Slam finals. He came close to winning the 2019 US Open but lost to Rafael Nadal by five sets. Djokovic defeated Medvedev in the final of the Australian Open earlier this year.
He earned 2.5 2.5 million at the US Open and lost just one set, becoming the first Russian since Maria Sharapova to win the US Open singles title since her victory in 2006.
Medvedev has never been ranked second in the world, where he now sits. But now that he has his first Grand Slam title under his belt, his next clear step is to build a gun for the World No. 1.
Medvedev decided not to change his schedule after Salem’s victory – he could have taken the time, but did not want to be satisfied.
He spent his time at the US Open and now competed for the Liver Cup winners Europe in Boston before heading to Los Angeles for a week of training.
“I didn’t leave the United States after the US Open because I knew I had the Liver Cup and Indian Wells coming,” he said. “My coach decided it was best to practice in Los Angeles.”
Medvedev wants to play in the Australian Open in January but declined to say on Thursday whether he had received the Covid 19 vaccine. Australia has the world’s toughest Covid 19 health and safety protocol.
Medvedev did not say whether he was suspicious of the vaccine, rather than calling its confidentiality a strategic move.
“I don’t talk about my medical. I’ve had a lot of injuries. That’s how I protect myself from other athletes. I keep my medical private for myself and my family.”
Top seed Medvedev got a bye in the first round in Indian Wells and will face McKenzie McDonald of the United States in the second round.
In the women’s preliminary round on Thursday, Czech Katrina Senyakova defeated former world No. 1 Kim Clusters 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 and France’s Caroline Garcia defeated Belgium’s Kirsten Phillips 5-7, 6-4. 6- defeated. 0
In the men’s first-round action, Japan’s Kayi Nishikori defeated Joao Sousa 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-2 from behind and American Francis Tiafo defeated France’s Benoit Pierre 6-4. , Defeated 6-4.