Daniil Medvedev’s Cincinnati Breakthrough: From 4:30 arrive at the champion | ATP Tour

Daniel Medvedev will forever remember the Western & Southern Open, but not just for the reason you would expect.

Medvedev won his first ATP Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati three years ago, which will always be a special moment for him. But there was a lot going on behind the scenes that fans didn’t know at the time.

On Sunday, the 26-year-old announced that he was unlikely to survive a match at the Lindner Family Tennis Center this year. The week before, Medvedev reached his first Masters 1000 final in Montreal. He was invited on a charter flight to Cincinnati, but things went wrong there.

“The plane was delayed, maybe there was a thunderstorm or something,” Medvedev said. “I remember coming into my room and the number was 9, so I was just one of them [getting] Bye and play Wednesday, so I had to play Tuesday. I came [to] my room at 4:30 in the morning [on Monday].”

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Since Medvedev was the ninth seed, he did not receive a bye in Ohio. As such, he not only needed to recover from a 4:30am hotel arrival on Monday to adjust to the new conditions, but also be ready to play on Tuesday.

“I was completely devastated. I also played the Washington finals. I was devastated and I was like, ‘Okay, I’ll try to play,’ but I didn’t have it [many] Expectations,” said Medvedev. “Every game was the same, something was hurting, I was really tired, I was like, ‘Just go through this and let’s see how it goes’.”

The right-hander survived his first-round match against Kyle Edmund 6-2, 7-5 and never looked back. The only set he lost was in the semifinals against Novak Djokovicwho had completed the Career Golden Masters in Cincinnati the year before.

“I have pretty amazing memories, especially of my best games, starting with the quarter-finals and of course the game against Novak where he was a set to love. Amazing,” said Medvedev. “That’s why I always like to come here. The tournament hasn’t really changed compared to three years ago. I love this atmosphere because I’ve always played well here, especially for four years. I hope to do the same this year.”

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Medvedev joins after a defeat in Montreal Nick Kyrgios. However, the recent Los Cabos champion doesn’t emphasize this defeat too much.

“When we talked about the match with Nick, I played well. I lost the match, so the result was, let’s put it that way, a terrible first round loss if we don’t talk about who I lost and what match,” Medvedev said. “But because of… the last few years and the way I’m feeling right now, I feel confident about Cincinnati and [the] US Open even.

The top-seeker, who is now a four-time Masters 1000 champion, will look to find the magic again in Cincinnati, starting with his opening game against the Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp.

“For sure [I] I want to try and win as many games as possible here to give that confidence to win games for them US Open. But we’re going to take it game by game. As we see in the draw, I feel the draw is very, very crowded,” Medvedev said. “Sometimes there is someone who retires here and there, someone who is tired from the season and maybe not in the best shape here. When I look at the draw I’m like wow, every match we have, even in the first round, it’s a tough match.”

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