Why is Daniil Medvedev called the “chess player” of tennis?

Chess and tennis are two very different games. The simple comparison between the two is unreasonable, but players are often linked to different sports directly or indirectly. The current number 2 tennis player Daniil Medvedev, who faced Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open 2022, is called the chess player of tennis.

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The Russian tennis star is known by this title because of his style of play. Just like in chess, the world number 2 is often seen engaging in mind games on the court. He is one of the most versatile tennis players of all time and has posted surprising returns on several occasions.

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Medvedev is always busy with something or the other. He is delicate in the game, talkative with the referee and the public, and attacks the minds of his opponents.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 26, 2022 Daniil Medvedev of Russia in action during his quarter-final against Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Fourth Grand Slam final for Daniil Medvedev

The 25-year-old will make his fourth Grand Slam final against world number 5 Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open 2022. According to the former world number 1, Swedish player Mats Wilander Medvedev is a “Chess player on a tennis court.”

He says, “He’s a chess player. He hits the shot he thinks is right at the moment, not because of where the score is, he’s just a really good tactician on the court.

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 30, 2022 Daniil Medvedev of Russia in action during the final against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

A perfect entertainer

The only thing that is true about Daniil Medvedev is that he is a perfect artist. His games are full of crowd-loving activity and he’s often quirky on the pitch. In the Australian Open semi-final against Stefanos Tsitsipas, he got into an argument with chair umpire Jaume Campistol and was fined $12,000 by Tennis Australia.

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After the game, he said, “I regret it all the time because I don’t think it’s right. I know every referee tries to do their best.

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The game of chess is unpredictable, just like Daniil Medvedev, on the tennis court. Moreover, his confidence is his greatest strength and he is never afraid to experiment or play unorthodox moves, even at crucial moments. It’s his nimble personality and aggressive attitude that always keep him at the top of his game.

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