Russia is set to have a top-20 player for the first time in over four years as rising star Daniil Medvedev will enter the top-20 when the ATP rankings list gets updated on Monday. Russia hasn't had a top-20 player since former world No.
8 Mikhail Youzhny dropped outside the top-20 in 2014 July. Medvedev has climbed up to his career-high ranking of No. 21 in the world this past Monday. The 22-year-old is due to continue his rankings rise and reach a new career-high ranking.
Medvedev is having a good campaign at this week's VTB Kremlin Cup as he has reached the Moscow semi-final. The 22-year-old has made a notable rankings jump this year as he started the season ranked at No. 65. No. 2 seed Medvedev is set to clash next against good friend and fellow compatriot Karen Khachanov.
Russia could have two players ranked inside the top-20 next week if No. 3 seed Khachanov wins the title.
Khachanov, ranked at No. 26 in the world, isn't defending any points this week as he didn't play in Moscow last year. The two are set to clash against each other for the second time as Medvedev beat Khachanov in their lone meeting at last year's NextGen Finals event.
Daniil Medvedev is set to break into Top-20 on Monday -- first Russian player to be ranked there since Youzhny in July 2014 and first Top-20 debutant from Russia in ten years (Andreev in September 2008).
Karen Khachanov could join him in Top-20 with Moscow title.
— Oleg S. (@AnnaK_4ever) October 19, 2018
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