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US Open Tennis: Russia’s Daniil Medvedev looks on the bright side of Wimbledon ban

US Open Tennis: Russia’s Daniil Medvedev looks on the bright side of Wimbledon ban

US Open Tennis: Russia’s Daniil Medvedev looks on the bright side of Wimbledon ban
US Open Tennis: Daniil Medvedev said he tried to use the extra time away from the court to his advantage after Wimbledon banned Russian and Belarusian players from the grass-court major in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Follow Tennis NEWS & LIVE updates with InsideSport.IN  Also read – Citi Open Final Highlights: In-form Nick Kyrgios blasts past Yoshito […]

US Open Tennis: Daniil Medvedev said he tried to use the extra time away from the court to his advantage after Wimbledon banned Russian and Belarusian players from the grass-court major in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Follow Tennis NEWS & LIVE updates with InsideSport.IN 

Also read – Citi Open Final Highlights: In-form Nick Kyrgios blasts past Yoshito Nishioka to win Citi Open

US Open Tennis: Russia’s Daniil Medvedev looks on the bright side of Wimbledon ban

The world number one returned to action in Los Cabos last week where he won four straight matches without dropping a set to claim his first title of the year on Saturday and said he feels extra prepared for the hard court season.

Daniil Medvedev
SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO, MEXICO – AUGUST 06: Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrates with the trophy after winning the match against Cameron Norrie of Great Britain after the Mifel ATP Los Cabos Open 2022 Final Game at Cabo Sports Complex on August 06, 2022 in San José del Cabo, Mexico. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Getty Images)

“You have to appreciate it because I definitely couldn’t change the decision of Wimbledon. I have to follow the rules,” he told reporters at the Canadian Open in Montreal on Monday.

“If you focus on the negative part. For sure I wanted to play Wimbledon, I wanted to do well there. I always want to be in the biggest tournaments and try to play good.

“You can just stay in this circle of, oh, my God, I was not able to be there.”

The 26-year-old Moscow native said he got in some extra rest after his disappointing quarterfinal loss at the Mallorca Open in late June and is brimming with confidence.

US Open Tennis: Russia’s Daniil Medvedev looks on the bright side of Wimbledon ban

“I’ve made a very good preparation block for the US Open Series, which normally you cannot do because you play Wimbledon. I was able to do it. Feeling 100% physically, mentally ready. Really happy with Los Cabos for sure with the title.”

While he and other Russian athletes will be allowed to compete in Flushing Meadows this year, the players will do so under a neutral flag. Russia has called its actions in Ukraine a “special military operation.”

Daniil Medvedev

Medvedev said the neutral flag does not bother him.

“No, not much, to be honest, because for me what matters is playing tennis. I really enjoy my job. Yeah, again, it’s about following the rules.

“The rule at one point was very clear that we have to play under neutral flag. Me, I’m still Daniil Medvedev. I still want to win big titles, win big matches, or small matches. It doesn’t change.”

Medvedev begins his title defense at the Masters 1000 tournament on Wednesday.

US Open Tennis: Russia’s Daniil Medvedev looks on the bright side of Wimbledon ban

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