“I felt so many good emotions that I was like ‘Wow, I’m actually a sensitive person” – Medvedev

Medvedev plays his first match as a father against Nikoloz Basilashvili at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna on Wednesday

Daniil Medvedev on Media Day at the 2022 US Open Daniil Medvedev on Media Day at the 2022 US Open Image Credit: Zuma / Panoramic

Russia’s Daniil Medvedev has played hundreds of tournaments in his career. But this week’s Erste Bank Open in Vienna will be his first as a father.

Medvedev and his wife Daria welcomed their daughter earlier this month even as the tennis world was unaware that the Russian was on his way to becoming a parent.

While it may be too early to say whether fatherhood will change him, Medvedev admitted that becoming a parent has made him discover that he does have a sensitive side.

“Lot of emotions I thought I was not able to feel. I was not able to feel,” Medvedev said in an interview to TennisTV. “Not able to feel like this because I am quite a cold person in life, and then I felt so many good emotions that I was like ‘Wow, I’m actually a sensitive person. I can be a sensitive person.’ Lot of fun. Lot of good feelings.”

“I am a competitor… I still want to win” – Medvedev

However, the Russian added that becoming a father has not taken anything off his competitive edge and that he still wants to win as much as he did earlier.

“I am a competitor. I want to continue going to tournaments, trying to do my best, winning. I was practicing a lot before coming here. In those terms, nothing will change. I still want to win.”

Vienna will be Medvedev’s first tournament since retiring from the semi-finals in Astana against Novak Djokovic due to an adductor injury more than two weeks ago.

The world No 4 says he has completely recovered from the injury now. “I was able to get a full 100 percent session on Saturday to decide if I’m coming here because I was not sure. I did not feel any pain, so I came here and practiced and played good tennis. I was running all over the court and feel 100 percent ready.” Medvedev said.

Currently leading the race for the final three spots in the season-ending ATP Finals, Medvedev begins his Vienna campaign against Nikoloz Basilashvili on Wednesday in what will be the first meeting between the two players.

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