Starting the previous season from just outside the top-15, Daniil Medvedev delivered incredible performance after Wimbledon to reach six straight ATP finals and finish the season with the most victories on the Tour. Advancing into Tour-leading nine ATP title matches overall, Daniil earned back-to-back Masters 1000 crowns in Cincinnati and Shanghai, battling for the trophy at Canada Masters and the US Open as well, losing both to Rafael Nadal.
Showing incredible guts and stamina, Daniil almost took down the great Spaniard in New York, becoming one of the players to keep an eye on in the future and a contender for notable crowns in the years to come. Earning enough points at the ATP Cup, Daniil managed to pass Dominic Thiem and crack the top-4 ahead of the Australian Open, avoiding to play against the 'Big 3' before the semis and seeking another deep run at Majors.
The seven-time Major champion John McEnroe praised the Russian and everything he has shown so far, highlighting Daniil as the main rival of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. "These younger players need to accept that they need to keep adding to their game, doing something different," McEnroe said.
"That's why Medvedev has had the success, throwing a curveball at these top guys in the act they weren't anticipating. No one expected to see that from him and for me, it's been a very effective tool mentally.
His reactions at the US Open were among the gutsiest things that I've seen, embracing the booing and that type of stuff. That took a lot of cojones, as they say. Nonetheless, you've still have to put Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer above all the other guys, as they know how to get it done.
Still, for me, Medvedev is the guy that has the best chance of beating them right now. He showed a gear that we haven't seen at the US Open."