Coach Gilles cervara revealed he wasn’t happy at all after Daniil Medvedev suffered a straight-set defeat to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final earlier this year.
Cervara thought Medvedev lacked the fire that was required against a top player like Djokovic in a Grand Slam final.
On Sunday, Medvedev made amends for the Australian Open loss as he saw off Djokovic 6-4 6-4 6-4 int he US Open final to capture his maiden Grand Slam title.
“First of all, after the final in Australia, we had the feeling that Daniil didn’t have this fire that can helps your game to be much stronger, especially against a player like Novak. So this had to change for sure to play this final at another level,” Cervara said.
“Our feeling yesterday and today was that he was ready to compete and to be at high level. That’s the first part. I will say more mental part, energy part. And in the game we had couple of strategies, especially sometimes to play more down the middle, to not open so much angle and to run a lot.”
Cercara happy with how Medvedev delivered against Djokovic
Medvedev broke Djokovic four times and lost his serve only once.
Cervara acknowledged that adjusting to Djokovic’s changes was the key.
“Of course, it’s easy to say there is not a magic things. You have to play at your best, to have quality in your shots, also to know that strategy can change during the match because Novak will adapt during the match. You have to feel when you need to do something different,” Cervara said.
“He had, yeah, couple strategies in his head to be ready for different situations. Of course, to serve good was one of the keys. He served very good today. Maybe not at the end, but with the pressure, the tension, it’s a bit different.”