Daniil Medvedev dedicated his Vienna title to his wife Daria as he noted that it was his wife who gave him the beautiful present. In October, Medvedev and his wife Daria welcomed their first child, a baby girl Alisa. Last week in Vienna, Medvedev competed for the first time since becoming a father.
Medvedev ended up reaching the Vienna final, in which he defeated Denis Shapovalov 4-6 6-3 6-2. “I was asked if I’m gonna dedicate this trophy to my daughter. And I was sitting there thinking that I’m not gonna dedicate it to my daughter, I’m gonna dedicate it to my wife, because she gave me the most beautiful present ever, my daughter, I was there and these emotions were better than winning any title, so Dasha, Spasibo (Thanks ).
I also like you [Shapovalov] a lot, but I have a wife, we are gonna keep it simple,” Medvedev said.
Medvedev staged a comeback in the Vienna final
Going into the Vienna final, Medvedev was the favorite to beat Shapovalov.
But Shapovalov came out determined not to go down without a fight. After Medvedev recovered from a set down to beat Shapovalov, he acknowledged that the Canadian was a difficult task to handle. “I am really happy. This match was the best of the week because Denis was really playing unreal until probably 4-3 in the second set.
He dropped his level by maybe two per cent and I was able to use it. This is one of the best victories when you know your opponent is on top of you, but you try and stay there and do what you can,” Medvedev said . Now, Medvedev is hoping to make a deep run at this week’s Paris Masters.
Medvedev, who is the fourth-seeded player in the Paris main draw, has a first-round bye at the tournament. In the Paris second round, Medvedev plays either Sebastian Korda or Alex de Minaur.