While Daniil Medvedev enjoyed the cushion of not facing either Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer in the marquee event, he won his maiden Grand Slam championship by defeating arguably the best player in the world in Novak Djokovic.
To the surprise of most onlookers, he ended up thrashing the Serbian legend in straight sets.
Daniil Medvedev discussed his experience playing in China in a recent interview with CGTN Sports Scene. Despite the fact that he said he receives a lot of love and respect in China, he said that no one loves Roger Federer more than the Chinese fans.
“Yeah, I definitely miss the Chinese fans,” told Medvedev. “I mean they are so nice to everybody. Of course, they like Roger, I think the most, we need to say it.”
Because the Shanghai Masters was cancelled in 2021 owing to the coronavirus outbreak, Medvedev announced that he expects to play in China next year. Medvedev, interestingly, is the defending champion of the Masters 1000 event.
“It was special. It was a full stadium cheering me on and it was really great. I really like Chinese tournaments, especially Shanghai. I hope to come back there as soon as possible. That’s all I can say,” he added.
Federer has won the Shanghai Masters twice
Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, has won the Shanghai Masters twice in his career. He won it for the first time in 2014 after defeating Gilles Simon in the finals and then won it again in 2017 after defeating Rafael Nadal in straight sets.
In 2017, Chinese fans were treated to something special by Federer. They noticed the Swiss Maestro trying to speak Mandarin, and he did a good job of pronouncing a few words.
Novak Djokovic has won the Shanghai Masters the most times overall (4). Fans are excited about the competition and hope it will be just as exciting next year.