Tennis: Daniil Medvedev - from wild teen to rising star

Daniil Medvedev hitting a return to Briton Cameron Norrie at the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday. The Russian won in straight sets. PHOTO: REUTERS
Daniil Medvedev hitting a return to Briton Cameron Norrie at the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday. The Russian won in straight sets. PHOTO: REUTERS

Mental coaching helps Russian Medvedev tame volatile temper and break into top five

To understand the evolution of Daniil Medvedev is to travel back five years in time to a low-level tennis tournament in Moscow.

Back then, the young and temperamental teenager would "throw rackets like 100 metres and destroy everything". But such behaviour is now a thing of the past and his on-court maturity has been key to his rise, said his fellow Russian Nikolay Davydenko.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 10, 2019, with the headline 'From wild teen to rising star'. Print Edition | Subscribe