Daniil Medvedev is a charismatic guy. He always gives an entertaining interview, but that is proving to be especially true at the 2024 Australian Open. He does not mind sharing what he is thinking and recently told the fans that if he were them, he would have gone home long before his match concluded at nearly 4:00 AM.
A surprise at this year's tournament is his postmatch interviews with former player and current Tennis Channel analyst Jim Courier. Courier asked him earlier in the week how he recovered from that early morning finish, and Medvedev shared his gift of being able to sleep anywhere and anytime with ease.
Fans have come to look forward to these courtside chats and got the best one yet when Medvedev and Courier discussed his service return.
Medvevev showed Courier how he manages his deep return stance
Medvedev explained how he learned from trial and error that being positioned well behind the baseline was the place he needed to stand to return serve. The strategy has a lot of benefits including limiting the balls he hits out on his return.
When Courier asked about how to defend drop shots from his position, Medvedev admitted that is a problem. However, he does drills in practice to cover the court in the event of a drop shot. Medvedev added that he can still get to the "bad" drop shots pretty easily.
Medvedev is in the 2024 Australian Open quarterfinals and will next face Hubert Hurkacz. Was Hurkacz watching this interview where Medvedev shared some of his secrets? We will see when the two take the court on Tuesday at a time yet to be determined. Hurkacz leads the head-to-head matchup including wins in their two most recent meetings on hardcourts in 2022.