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Daniil Medvedev: “First memory of Davis Cup? Novak Djokovic invited me to go with him on his private jet”

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

He's one of the best singles players on the planet, winning titles around the world and excelling on the hard court. He's also a key part of Russia's Davis Cup team - and has high hopes for his nation this November at the Davis Cup Madrid Finals. At the age of 23, he is on the rise - and will be competing at the top level for many years to come. Meet Daniil Medvedev.

How do the Russia team feel about Davis Cup Finals?

We're really happy because we won a tough match in the February Qualifiers to be there, even if Switzerland's best guys didn't play, but still we needed to win this match. It was not easy and we're really happy that we managed to do it, and we're just looking forward to compete and do our best in Madrid.

What should we expect from the Russian fans in Madrid?

Well, hopefully there will be some. Of course we are in the group with Spain, I think, right? It's not going to be our fans who are the loudest against a home crowd, but we hope that there will be some for us.

What would winning the Davis Cup mean to Russia?

Everybody would be so happy. That's why Davis Cup is special, because there is many parts of the team, even, everyone who is there, any doctor, physio, anybody from the federation, the secretary, they are part of the team, which is not the same in individual tournaments, so every one of them will be really happy. The country's fans will be proud.

What makes the Davis Cup special?

It's different. You want it to feel the same, because that's how you will give yourself the most chances to win but at the same time you go and you don't know why but you become nervous because you don't only play for yourselves but you play for your team and your country, so it's just something different that makes it special.

“Davis Cup is different. You want it to feel the same, because that's how you will give yourself the most chances to win but at the same time you go and you don't know why but you become nervous because you don't only play for yourselves but you play for your team and your country.”

What is your first memory of Davis Cup?

First memory I have is me playing my first time, it was actually against Novak Djokovic, and it's funny because we were practising like one week before, and he invited me to go with him on his private jet. I took the invitation! I won the first set. I remember I had cramps after, but anyway, it's a strong memory to remember about my first time.

Did you ever watch Davis Cup as a fan?

I think when I was really young I was maybe one time in Davis Cup, but I am not a good fan. When I watch sports, I'm really calm and I just enjoy it, and that's not what you want when you're on the court, you want somebody to go and cheer for you, and I'm not like this.

Complete the sentence - ‘If I win the Davis Cup, I will…’

If I win the Davis Cup I will be extremely happy that I make Russian fans proud.

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© Siggi Boucher

© Siggi Boucher