The Russian tennis player had time to talk about Federer before his debut at the Miami Open. Medvedev explained that he has a great memory of the first duel against Federer and that he considers it the best moment of his sports career.
Daniil Medvedev Despite a last-gasp loss in the Indian Wells final against Carlos Alcaraz, he is one of the big favorites to lift the title in Miami. The speed of the court in the second Masters 1000 of the season suits his tennis better. In an interview with Tennis Magazin and in statements collected by ESPN, the Russian told how he experiences Roger Federer’s absence in the first person. Let’s remember that the Helvetian retired at the 2022 Laver Cup and that his last match was a tribute to the tennis played alongside his great friend Rafa Nadal.
Medvedev explained that the first time he faced the Swiss in Shanghai 2018 is the best moment of his entire career. He also said that he misses her very much. Gilles Cervara’s pupil was full of praise for Federer, who will never be forgotten even if he is no longer active. The two met three times and Federer always won. Those three duels were in 2018 and 2019, and Medvedev was only able to steal one set from the former world number one.
Federer’s absence in the circuit
«We all knew his farewell was coming, but we hoped he could play again at Wimbledon. You can’t imagine the world of tennis without Federer, when I started watching tennis on TV, he was already there. Everyone describes him as respectful and well-deserved, a great guy, a legend on and off the field. I played against him three times and lost all three. I remember the first time we met in Shanghai 2018 when Roger threw a backhand shot and the stadium went completely wild.. That game was the best moment of my career at that moment. I really miss Federer.«.