Daniil Medvedev's season was a success. The 22-year-old, like his peer and countryman, Karen Khachanov, won three titles this year. Above all, he made it clear that his progress could give him much more satisfaction in the years to come.
In him, Khachanov and Andrey Rublev, Russia has, in the ATP Tour, a group of excellent young players for the future. Medvedev started the season by winning the Sydney International against the youngster, Alex De Minaur. After reaching the quarter-finals at the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament, his season continued through ups and downs.
His clay season was not positive, while at Wimbledon, he reached the third round. Starting with the qualifiers, he reached the third round of the Rogers Cup, where he was defeated by Alexander Zverev. The victory at the Winston-Salem Open, at the end of August, marked the beginning of a positive autumn for him, during which he reached the third round at the US Open and, above all, he won the prestigious Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, against the home favorite Kei Nishikori.
Then we have to add the Kremlin Cup and the Swiss Open semi-finals. To improve, he needs to work on the athletic side of his tennis and on the aspect of solidity; continuity is a skill that he has shown in the last two months.However, his season remains positive, and in 2019 we expect a leap of quality from him, especially on fast surfaces.