Medvedev is highly motivated

08 October 2021 21:13:58 GMTPlus11
Daniil Medvedev remains motivated

World number two Daniil Medvedev says he is hungry to follow up his recent US Open triumph by challenging for more success at Indian Wells.

With Novak Djokovic a notable absentee in California, Medvedev is top seed and is 1/1 to go on and lift the trophy, while he can be backed at 1/1 to reach the final.

Daniil downed Djokovic

The Russian made history when landing his first Grand Slam title success in New York in September when defeating Djokovic, who was bidding to win all four Majors in a single season, 6-4 6-4 6-4 in the final.

The 25-year-old had twice finished runner-up in Major competition, but dropped only one set when making it third time lucky at the US Open.

I have motivation, I came here prepared.

Daniil Medvedev

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Medvedev is now a 13-time winner on the ATP Tour and showed no ill-effects from his US Open heroics when outclassing Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-4 6-0 to extend Team Europe's lead in the Laver Cup just over a week ago.

And despite claiming Grand Slam glory only a month ago, Medvedev says his motivation remains as high as ever as he bids to bridge the gap in the rankings on world number one Djokovic.

Medvedev has motivation

Speaking to Tennis Head, the Russian said: "I have motivation, I came here prepared.

"We can't know before the tournament what the result is going to be, but even if I lose in the second round here, it has nothing to do with the motivation.

"It is because of the opponent or that I was not playing that well. I am going to play a few tournaments for the rest of the year and I am going to try my best and win them."

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