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According to Medvedev, the US Open title made me more confident

According to Medvedev, the US Open title made me more confident

MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Daniil Medvedev, a Russian world number two, said on Saturday that he will compete in the Australian Open with much more confidence in his game.

Medvedev, who turns 26 next month, won his first Grand Slam championship in September when he beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets at the US Open.

As the Russian prepares to play his first major as a Slam winner, it gave me more confidence.

"Sometimes before the tournaments, I may be a little bit worried if I wasn't playing well, let's say, two days before the tournament, I would lose a practice set, I would be worried, a little bit nervous, sometimes angry.

"It did change this, now I feel like I know even more what I can do, how I can play, what I have to do to play like this," said the author. "I'm much more confident than last year in terms of knowing my game and what I'm capable of."

Medvedev finished the season with a defeat against Ugo Humbert in the ATP Cup, but he bounced back in front of his next three opponents, including Matteo Berrettini of Italy.

He reached the final of last year's Australian Open, losing to Djokovic and the Russian might end up as the top draw at Melbourne Park, with the Serb waiting for a court to decide whether or not he should be deported.

"So even if Novak is in the draw, I can only see him in the final," said Medvedev, who will start his campaign against Swiss Henri Laaksonen.

"At least, yeah, I need to win six matches before this, but it would not greatly alter my preparation for the tournament itself or for any match."

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