Two weeks after claiming his third title of the season on home soil in St. Petersburg, Russia, Daniil Medvedev extended his winning streak by taking out Cameron Norrie, 6-3, 6-1, in the Shanghai second round.
Medvedev is aiming to build on his breakthrough run during the hardcourt season. The 23-year-old reached five finals in five events, including title wins in Cincinnati and St. Petersburg, and going five sets against Rafael Nadal in the final of the US Open.
Having withdrawn from Beijing to get a longer break, the third seed is rested and recovered.
"I needed to get my body back in shape,” said Medvedev during his pre-event press conference. “That's why I couldn't play Beijing, unfortunately, because I was too exhausted. I had some pain in my quadriceps, so I needed to take some time off."
He stated that the experience he gained during the North American summer hard-court swing will now help him.
"That changed a lot of things inside of me, because I always said that experience is a key,” he said. “For example, before US Open, I [had] never been in the quarters of a Grand Slam. So being there, winning these matches, getting in the final and playing this five-set match against Rafa, for sure it stays.
"Just for the next time, if you get there or if you play against Rafa a five-setter, you will know probably how to do better, because that's how it is for me... I can just gain this confidence, experience, and be ready on every match I play because of it."
But one thing he doesn't want more of is the first-week controversy he created by baiting the crowds at the US Open, for which he subsequently apologized.
"So of course tennis is the most important, but I'm also taking care of my behavior."
Next up for Medvedev is qualifier Vasek Pospisil, who defeated Joao Sousa, 6-3, 7-5.