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Medvedev’s Perfect Player: Does He Pick His Speed Or Alcaraz’s?

World No. 3 combines Big 3’s assets with Kyrgios' standout traits
September 14, 2023
Daniil Medvedev builds his perfect player.
Daniil Medvedev builds his perfect player. By ATP Staff

Daniil Medvedev is known as one of tennis’ great on-court thinkers, so what would the World No. 3 do if given a clean slate to build his perfect player?

Opt for a little bit of everything, it seems. Medvedev mentioned eight players across 12 categories put to him by ATP Uncovered, including himself — although perhaps not in the category some might expect…

“Carlos is unbelievably fast, maybe the fastest I have seen,” said Medvedev, when debating whether to take his own speed around court ahead of Carlos Alcaraz. “Carlos is pure speed, but I love the way I run, so I’ll go with myself.”

The influence of the Big 3 is never far away. Medvedev selected each of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic more than once, but how did he merge them together to give his player an extra dose of greatness? And which elements of maverick talents Nick Kyrgios and Corentin Moutet does the 27-year-old consider must-haves?

Medvedev, one of the ATP Tour’s most humorous on-court stars, also discussed his famous match-winning celebrations. To learn what he said, watch the full video above.

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