Naomi Osaka confirmed that she is a great admirer of her superstar tennis compatriot, Daniil Medvedev. The Russian had a fantastic outing last season, where he not only won 2 masters 1000 ( Shanghai and Cincinnati) and the US Open. Furthermore, the 23-year-old and Karen Khachanov led Russia to the ATP Cup. Such an excellent performance won her some huge admiration from Naomi Osaka.
The Japanese tennis players described Medvedev as an interesting tennis player to her. Although the two are yet to speak face to face, Osaka admitted to having capitalized on the internet to know more about him. And the outcome was that he really admired Daniil Medvedev’s personality.
“Yeah, he’s very interesting to me. I’ve never talked to him in real life, but just like the things that I see on the internet about him,” she confessed during a press conference. Later on, Ben Rothenberg, New York Times reporter, shared with the public a screenshot of Naomi’s conversation.
Daniil Medvedev asks for some tips from Naomi Osaka
Her words did not go unnoticed since Medvedev was quick to respond via twitter. Not only did he reply to Osaka’s description of him, but he asked for some tips from her.”@naomiosaka not sure I am interesting, but I would love some tips as to how to actually win the @usopen,” Medvedev tweeted.
Naomi Osaka is one of the best returners when it comes to tennis. It is her rare feat that captured the attention of Daniil Medvedev, prompting him to seek some advice on how to serve better. The youngster has grown to become one of the most exciting tennis players in this current era. Besides, she is loved by a significant section of fans due to her unending kindness on and off the court.
Coco Gauff vs Naomi Osaka
Last year she was hailed for the compassion she exercised will playing Coco Gauff in the US Open 2019. Despite the 15-year-old losing to Naomi Osaka, the Japanese still invited her for a post-match interview hosted by ESPN. The teenager fought back her tears and described how skilled Naomi Osaka is.
The Russian hopes he can love from some of the best returners such as Naomi Osaka. He believes that this is the only way he can enhance his chances of winning more significant tournaments, such as the US Open.
Daniil Medvedev’s ranking and performance in 2020
Ranked world no.4 (career-high), Medvedev played his last match on the 11th of January when he lost to Novak Djokovic 6-1 5-7 6-4 in the semifinal in the ATP Cup.
Daniil Medvedev’s best achievement of the year was getting to the semi-finals in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney.
Naomi Osaka’s ranking and performance in 2020
At the moment ranked no.3, Osaka played her last match on the 11th of January when she was defeated by Karolina Pliskova 6-710 7-63 6-2 in the semifinal in Brisbane.
Naomi Osaka’s most significant result of this season was reaching the semi-finals in Brisbane.