EXCLUSIVE: Daniil Medvedev talks China, ‘

I can’t say that I’m even thinking about it now. The most important thing for me right now is that I did pretty well at the ATP event in Shanghai. I played really good,…

EXCLUSIVE: Daniil Medvedev talks China, '

I can’t say that I’m even thinking about it now. The most important thing for me right now is that I did pretty well at the ATP event in Shanghai. I played really good, and that gave me a lot of confidence, and now I just want to keep playing well. And hopefully I can qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals.

Excerpts from an interview with Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” with Darius Dixon.

**Currently, only the top eight singles players in the world qualify for the TSF**

(Tsinghua) So which of the eight spots are you right now?

(Daniil Medvedev) I don’t know. It’s tough to say, obviously. I didn’t play so well in Australia. So maybe in the Shanghai event, I had the chance to use a full energy in the beginning and feel comfortable and play my game. It helped me a lot to play well in Shanghai. And we’ll see. I hope I can qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals.

**Recently we have seen some tennis players, like you, wearing a special “Breedin” shirt with your nickname written on it. What did you do in Beijing to get this shirt?

(Daniil Medvedev) I like the fact that it has “Breedin” on it. And it’s something special. I’ve been trying to get it for some time. I like it, and it’s something new and really cool.

**You’re a doubles specialist. So who was the first male doubles player you really loved to watch?

(Daniil Medvedev) It’s hard to say. My grandma, Ana Ivanovic. I really liked her, especially her vibe. It was so different from other players. She was confident, and she really inspired me a lot.

**You came to the United States last fall. Do you still have any friends over here?

(Daniil Medvedev) All my friends are here in America. They were always saying I was going to win the Grand Slam and I couldn’t believe it. So every time that I come here, I just don’t want to disappoint them. They always say: “We always believed in you. You always believed in yourself. Do it for us!”

**Has joining the U.S. Tennis Association ever crossed your mind about playing the 2021 US Open?

(Daniil Medvedev) It’s been long time, long time. I’m not even thinking about it now. The most important thing for me right now is that I did pretty well at the ATP event in Shanghai. I played really good, and that gave me a lot of confidence, and now I just want to keep playing well. And hopefully I can qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals.

**Which of the four U.S. Open tennis championships has always been one of your favorite Grand Slams?

(Daniil Medvedev) The recent one. Yeah, I think that’s the best one right now. The last one (he wins with a stunning second set comeback against Juan Martin del Potro at Flushing Meadows in 2015). My first Slam win (winning his first Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park in 2016). I’m happy with that one. And, of course, the one in New York.

**You’re still at the start of your ATP Tour career. Do you have any goals that you’re striving for in the future?

(Daniil Medvedev) I guess I’d like to be ranked very high in the future. My goal is for this year to be the No. 1 at least in the doubles events. I haven’t achieved that so far, so hopefully next year it will be possible. But it’s always about the result. If you’re winning, it makes everything seem easier.

**You’re from Moscow, and you just turned 18. Do you have any siblings or friends who are American?

(Daniil Medvedev) I do. I’m the one that follows the American sports — baseball, basketball, football. It’s cool for me to watch them when I’m at home. It’s like a magnet.

**What NBA player do you guys often emulate?

(Daniil Medvedev) You know how it goes. Dwyane Wade. How he is and how he acts on the court is something we all like a lot. It’s really cool. It was just one of the best things about him when I first met him. You know the self-confidence he has and he was making everything seem easy.

**Whose book do you frequently read?

(Daniil Medvedev) So far, right now, I’ve read both David Foster Wallace and Mitch Albom. Just randomly. I

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