In an interview to TASS, Russia’s Tennis Federation chief Shamil Tarpischev commented on Daniil” medvedev> great season. The 23-year-old is coming from his straight-set final loss to Rafael Nadal in Montreal. Tarpischev said: “I am happy that this year Daniil improved his game a lot.
Many people said he is not able to perform on clay but his successful performances in Monte Carlo and Barcelona suggest the contrary. In Washington and Montreal, Medvedev fought very well. It allows us to hope he will perform in a proper way at the US Open.”
On Medvedev’s loss to Nadal – the match lasted just 70 minutes – Tarpischev added: “Medvedev was pleased with his game, but he is not a real player yet. It was his fifth final of the year. He keeps improving but, as I said, in order to beat Nadal, you have to be closer to the baseline.
Now Medvedev plays being very far away.” Medvedev was asked if he has any recent interaction with Davydenko, Safin, or Kafelnikov: “Davydenko was with Karen in Washington. I was with Igor Andreev for the clay court season, assistant coach.
With Marat, I haven’t talked too much, because he’s not that close to tennis at this moment, I think. But otherwise, when I see them, I mean, that’s legends of our country. They achieved amazing things. It’s always fun just to talk to them. Not about tennis. Just to see how they are and what person are they.”