Daniil Medvedev reacts to losing No. 1 ranking
by DZEVAD MESIC | VIEW 6533
Daniil Medvedev admitted that he was disappointed after failing to defend his US Open title and losing the top ranking. On Sunday, Medvedev exited the US Open in the last-16 after Nick Kyrgios handed him a 7-6 (11) 3-6 6-3 6-2 loss.
By losing in the US Open last-16, Medvedev is guaranteed to lose his top ranking. Either Rafael Nadal, Casper Ruud or Carlos Alcaraz will replace Medvedev at the top spot on Monday. Since Nadal lost in the US Open last-16, Ruud and Alcaraz can now reach the top spot by winning the title.
"When you lose in Grand Slam, look, I'm trying to look good here, but I'm disappointed," Medvedev admitted. "(I'm) not going to cry in the room, but I'm a little bit disappointed. For few days I'm going to be just a little bit sad.
Yeah, it was not the first thing on my mind walking after the match, saying, 'Damn, will not be the world No. 1 any more.' "
Medvedev set to drop in the rankings
"I actually don't know which place I will be," Medvedev added.
"Probably 3, 4. I guess Carlos will pass me. I don't know actually." Also, Medvedev said he felt he definitely should have served better against Kyrgios. Kyrgios was clinical on his break points versus Medvedev as he realized 5-of-7 of his break point chances.
"In general I feel like if I take the match, the return was not so bad," said Medvedev. "I should have served a little bit better, which is not easy sometimes, played a little bit better from baseline, again, not easy, he played good.
I feel like on the return, it was not a bad match for me." Medvedev now has just one win and four losses against Kyrgios. After losing to Kyrgios at the Montreal Masters a month ago, Medvedev lost to Kyrgios for the second time during this year's North American hard court swing.