Medvedev, 26, is now much calmer compared to his earlier days on the Tour.
Daniil Medvedev, 26, says he is now much cooler and calmer compared to his earlier days on the Tour, when he was acting “crazy” on the court at times. In 2016, Medvedev competed at the Astana Challenger. This week, Medvedev returned to the Kazakh capital.
This time, the Kazakh capital is hosting an ATP 500 event. In Kazakhstan, Medvedev reflected on the changes that have happened since his last time in the country’s capital. “[I was] definitely much crazier on the court.
A lot of people don’t believe that. I wanted to win, I wanted to climb the rankings at that point. In life I was pretty easy-going, like I feel I am still. I would like to think that it [fame and fortune] didn’t influence me at all, but there are going to be some people around me, if you ask them, they might say, `Maybe he changed a little.’ I try to be real to myself which sometimes can maybe be not easy for other people.
In life there always going to be some people who like what you do and some that don’t,” Medvedev said.
Medvedev felt Nur-Sultan had the capacity to host an ATP event
A lot has changed since Medvedev was in Nur-Sultan the last time.
In 2019, the Kazakh capital was renamed from Astana to Nur-Sultan. When Medvedev competed in the Kazakh capital in 2016, he felt the city had the capacity to host an ATP event one day. “I remember it was really well organized and I thought maybe they will one day have an ATP event,” Medvedev said.
“And now we are here. It is an ATP 500 and the draw is insane. I’m really happy for the team working around this tournament for them to have such a success. Meanwhile, Medvedev has been through to the Astana quarterfinal after beating Emil Ruusuvuori.