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‘I wasn’t in the zone’: Medvedev after Australian Open defeat to Korda

FeaturedSports News'I wasn't in the zone': Medvedev after Australian Open defeat to Korda

Former world number one Daniil Medvedev said his performance was not good enough in his 7-6(7) 6-3 7-6(4) third-round loss to American Sebastian Korda at the Australian Open on Friday. He added that he was struggling to get by. Over the hump in close matches.

The Russian seventh seed, who has reached the finals of the tournament in 2021 and 2022, was unable to match the game of the 22-year-old Korda in the defeat at the Rod Laver Arena.

“These kinds of matches are tough because what I can say is that he played at his best level, maybe a little bit better than his best level. I didn’t play bad at all, but I had to do what I had to do to win. A little below that,” Medvedev told reporters.

“It’s tough because maybe it’s something about confidence, like being in the zone, and I wasn’t there tonight. Like all the close points, I didn’t win a lot with those beautiful rallies. They were a little bit more. was winning…

“I think it was a top match where he was better than me. I’ve won a lot of matches like that. At the moment I’m struggling a little bit to win those kinds of matches against opponents who play at a good level. Can. Rediscover.”

As an example of his current inability to win tough fights, Medvedev pointed to his victories over Nick Kyrgios, Felix Auger-Iliasime and Stefanos Tsitsipas at last year’s tournament, all despite dropping a set. Got it.

When asked what was going wrong, Medvedev added, “…mostly the result. Even if we take last year, basically the matches against Nick, Felix and Stefanos, kind of. Tough match of. You know, you can’t really explain it. It.

“If we talk point by point, yeah, this point I won, the point I won, I won the match, I was just, like, on the court. I felt like I had one to win it. Big chance. Matches. My shots are there. I’m doing the right thing…

“And today was a little different where he was on top of me the whole time and I was, like, trying to get back every set, trying to fight, trying to stay there.”

Medvedev underwent treatment on his right hand during the match but said the injury was not serious, although it affected his game.

“Actually, I think it was bothering me a little bit on the serve,” Medvedev said.

“So, yeah, a little bit not easy because I don’t know where it came from. We were working on it a lot before the match, but it didn’t pan out. Definitely nothing serious. Otherwise, I Won’t do it. Be able to play.”

(translation of tags) Medvedev

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