Maxime Cressy says Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev is afraid to go to the net

Maxime Cressy waves as he leaves the court after his fourth round loss to Daniil Medvedev at the Australian Open last month.

DELRAY BEACH — At last month’s Australian Open, Daniil Medvedev, the world’s No. 2-ranked player, found himself in a close round of 16 match against Maxime Cressy, whose service attack and rarely seen volley had the flaky Russian muttering that the rushing American’s game was “lucky and so boring”.

Quite the contrary. Cressy, a 24-year-old American born and raised in Paris, is single-mindedly determined to bring the nearly extinct, yet exciting, serve-and-volley style back to tennis’ most important stages.

“It’s obviously a much more grueling sport when you’re playing from the baseline, but I think it’s also because most players are afraid to go to the net and there are many opportunities in every rally. to get in, but nobody gets in,” said the 6-foot-6 Cressy, who hopes to continue his 9-4 start to 2022 in this week’s Delray Beach Open (ATP 250).