World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev routinely handled Andy Murray during their Miami Masters second round clash but after the match showed the former world No. 1 massive respect. Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, has had two major hip surgeries since 2017 and he hasn't had any notable Grand Slam or Masters results since 2017.
On Saturday, Medvedev handed Murray a 6-4 6-2 loss in Miami. Murray is past his prime and will be turning 35 in May but still he is not ready to simply walk away from the game. "What Murray is doing is incredible. Fighting so hard to compete again after everything he won and despite everything that happened to him.
Wow, I’m not sure that at 25 he would ever accept this: probably I would not accept this situation," Medvedev said of Murray, per Mario Boccardi.
Medvedev on reaching the No. 1
Medvedev officially became the No. 1 for the first time in his career on February 28.
This Monday, Novak Djokovic returned to the top spot. Medvedev needs to reach at least the Miami semifinal to get back to the No. 1 spot when the ATP list gets updated next time. "It felt good to touch it. It's something that nobody can take away from me.
Yeah, it's like it's done. "Nobody can say, Yeah, but you were only, yeah, for two weeks, but I was there. Many, many, many great players, legends of our sport haven't done this, so I'm happy about it. "But definitely when I lost it, not playing good in Indian Wells, I was like, Yeah, okay, back to the practice court, have to make semis in Miami to get it back.
Let's try to do it. "I always prepare match by match, so for example, I'm not looking to semis here. I will be looking to the match against Pedro, but definitely I have a lot of motivation to try and get it back.
"The thing is that if I get it back by making semis, I'm going to have more motivation to try to win the tournament, because like this, I'm going to win 700 more points than for semis, and it's going to be a bigger gap.
"So, yeah, I think I'm definitely happy that I have reached it, and a lot of motivation to try to be there for a long time."