Hubert Hurkacz is the 2021 Miami Open Champion!!!
Tsitsipas flings a water bottle to the ground during the changeover in the 2nd set. Medvedev, not looking smug at all, queries umpire Keothavong on why Tsitsipas didn’t get a warning for it. (He didn’t, but Keothavong did give him a soft verbal warning).
Chess games many times are won and lost because of a single tactical move. One of the most common tactics that you will see in any chess game is the decoy.
The decoy in chess is finding a poisoned square that your opponent would never want to go to and doing everything you can to make them go there. You usually are trying to force either a king or queen to a poison square, especially if you are giving up substantial material to do such.
It is important to know that just because you move them to a poisoned square does not mean you will have an advantage in material. Many times you want them to move their king to a particular poisoned square so that you can have a more powerful attack.
Daniil: Just to tell you a small story, I first I practiced with Novak when I was 500 or 600th in the world, in Monaco. And so he was already #1 in the world. I thought OK, he’s not going to speak to me because the guy was a God for me. I was really shy so I didn’t speak. He was asking me questions, talking to me like I was a friend. I was really surprised he’s never changed - he’s always been a great sport and a great person.
Novak: I would like to return nice words to Daniil. First of all - class act. You’re a great guy and a great person. We used to spend more time together and practice more in Monaco. You are not calling me anymore in last two years. It was nice to see you were thinking good things about me. I really like Daniil as a person off the court. He’s great, very friendly. On the court, he’s definitely one of the toughest players I ever faced in my life. It’s a matter of time that you will hold a Grand Slam for sure - if you don’t mind waiting a few more years… I would like everyone, once more, to just appreciate what he’s done - a 20-match winning streak. Amazing.
Your Nitto ATP Finals, 2020 champion, Daniil Medvedev! (who has won seven matches in a row, all against TOP 10 players along the way, is the first player to beat the World No. 1, 2 and 3 in the same ATP Finals, defeated US Open Champion to win the last ATP Finals held in London just as 11 years ago his countryman and biggest idol, Davydenko did in the first Finals held in London)
Meanwhile, 5 minutes earlier (channelling that Elle Woods energy, like it’s hard)