World no. 5 Daniil Medvedev was one of the players to beat in 2019, raising his game to another level and becoming a Major contender. With 59 ATP wins and nine finals under his belt, Daniil topped some of the most important statistical elements of the season behind us, lifting four ATP trophies and cracking the top-4 after the US Open where he had the opportunity to become a Major champion.
Daniil's memorable season started with the final in Brisbane, challenging Novak Djokovic for three hours and 15 minutes at the Australian Open in the fourth round and winning the title in Sofia before advancing into the last four in Rotterdam.
Medvedev lost the form in Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami, bouncing back on clay to find himself in the semi-final in Monte Carlo and the final in Barcelona, struggling again in Madrid, Rome, Paris and Stuttgart where he collected four straight losses!
After the semi-final at Queen's and the third round at Wimbledon, Daniil shifted his tennis towards the uncharted area, rattling off six consecutive finals and improving his ranking almost all the time! Nick Kyrgios defeated him in the title match in Washington, with Medvedev advancing into the first Masters 1000 final in Montreal, losing a one-sided clash to Rafael Nadal after running out of steam.
Eager to show his quality again, Daniil went on to conquer Cincinnati just a week later, adding the biggest trophy to his cabinet and gathering energy for the US Open where he would reach another final. Rafael Nadal had to give his best to topple tired but mighty determined Russian in five sets after almost five hours of titanic battle, leaving Medvedev empty-handed but in the top-4 for the first time.
Daniil was back on the winning path in St. Petersburg and Shanghai, conquering the second consecutive Masters 1000 crown before finally shutting down his engines, suffering four straight losses in Paris and at the ATP Finals and missing the opportunity to become the only player with 60 wins in 2019.
Medvedev won the inaugural Diriyah Tennis Cup in Saudi Arabia in December, heading back to Monte Carlo and skipping the Mubadala World Tennis Championship ahead of the ATP Cup. Daniil is already in Perth together with the rest of the Aussie squad, preparing himself for a debut against Fabio Fognini on Friday.
With two players in the top-20, the Russians will try to go all the way and make the best possible start of the new season, with Daniil seeking the first Major crown following that encouraging performance in New York. "Being in a Grand Slam final makes you confident for the upcoming significant tournaments because you know you are capable of achieving that," Medvedev said.
"Before the US Open, my best result was the fourth round and I wasn't sure about my abilities at Majors and in the best-of-five encounters. Now I know it is possible to compete for the titles there but it isn't granted that you have to win a Major in your career; I'm going to try to do my best."