World no. 4 Daniil Medvedev has won the previous 18 matches, winning the Paris Masters, the ATP Finals and the ATP Cup for Russia ahead of the Australian Open. It is so far so good for Daniil in Melbourne, beating four rivals to reach the first quarter-final and sailing through the fourth-round clash with Mackenzie McDonald to set an all-Russian duel against Andrey Rublev on Wednesday.
Asked about Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, the Russian praised the world's most accomplished players of the previous two decades and everything they have done over the years. Daniil's biggest chance to join them on the Major winners list came at the US Open 2019 when he gave his best against Rafael Nadal before falling in five sets.
Mentioning Roger Federer's and Rafael Nadal's 20 Major titles, Medvedev called it an unbelievable number to chase, as he would need five years without a loss at Majors to equal their record, winning best-of-five matches and avoiding injuries during that process.
Daniil Medvedev praised Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic.
Since Wimbledon 2003, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have been the dominant figures at the most notable events, winning 57 Major trophies combined and achieving records that will take some beating in the future.
Daniil will try to lift the first Major crown on Sunday, facing three formidable rivals en route to it. "For me, I pick all of the three because no matter how many Majors they all have at the end of their careers, what they did in tennis is amazing.
I remember when Pete Sampras beat the Major record; I was young. I remember all the news, saying, 'This record is forever.' Just like Messi and Ronaldo in football. Then the three guys came, they not only beat the record, but they also destroyed it.
It is fantastic because, for example, me, I'm 25, and I play good tennis. I feel like I'm one of the world's leading players, and I still have zero Majors. Imagine me reaching 20; I would need to win every Major for five years against notable opponents in the best-of-five encounters without getting injured; those are ridiculous numbers. For me, Roger, Rafa and Novak are, for sure, the greatest players in tennis history," Daniil Medvedev said.