Former Russian tennis player Dmitry Tursunov thinks it’s impossible to reproduce what Daniil Medvedev does on the court.
Medvedev’s technique isn’t aesthetically pleasing but the Russian is winning matches and that’s the most important thing.
Medvedev’s technique earned him a nickname “octopus.”
Medvedev has turned into one of Novak Djokovic’s biggest rivals as he prevented the Serb from completing a Calendar Grand Slam.
Medvedev saw off Djokovic in straight sets in the US Open final to lift his maiden Grand Slam title.
“No specialist can train a player by modeling him on Daniil’s game. He doesn’t have the best technique, but he feels the game wonderfully and masters the geometry of the court. He knows how to make the right choices at the right times to come out brilliantly in all situations. He is like the chess player (Jose Raul) Capablanca, he has a gift for seeing the game and it is impossible to replicate what he does,” Tursunov said, per We Love Tennis.
Tursunov believes Djokovic will win more Grand Slams
Tursunov thinks Djokovic will win more Majors but he couldn’t say the same for Roger Federer.
“I find it hard to assume that Novak won’t win another Grand Slam. Roger has very little chance of winning another Major, given his age, style of play and condition. Rafa’s game is too energy intensive, he plays every match like it’s the last. Considering his age and health, this is a disadvantage. Although over the years he changed his game: he became more aggressive, stopped going too far behind the back line. The three complement each other. Djokovic has become such a strong player thanks to Federer and Nadal. He tried to find ways to surpass them, and he relied on physical preparation,” Tursunov recently told Russian site Vedomostisport.
Medvedev made his maiden Australian Open final this year — in which he lost to Djokovic in straight sets.