Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev go way, way back. As juniors growing up in Russia, their competitive spirit was just as intense as it is today though their strokes looked very different.
"Both of us were crazy on court, destroying the racquets, complaining," Rublev told press. "What I remember from him, he was always one of the biggest fighter that I ever saw in my life since he was, I don't know, seven years old, he could play lobs maybe hours just to win."
Both noted that their frustration was never at each other. Since those early days, their games have continued to evolve, though in different directions.