Is Daniil Medvedev better than Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas? This season showed the Russian is at a higher level than his colleagues. Does it depend on his improvements or for the demerits of his two young colleagues? Between Summer and Autumn the Russian played six consecutive finals, but above all, he impressed the world for his solidity and for the improvements he got.
It is no coincidence that this year he has won four titles, including the ATP Masters 1000 in Cincinnati and the Shanghai Rolex Masters (for a total of seven career titles). And, unlike Zverev and Tsitsipas he reached his first Slam final, at the US Open where he lost against Rafael Nadal an incredible match, full of suspense and emotions.
After the third round at Wimbledon he made the final in Washington (losing against Nick Kyrgios), at the Rogers Cup (losing against Rafael Nadal), in Cincinnati (winning against David Goffin), at the US Open (losing against Nadal), in St.
Petersburg (winning against Borna Coric) and in Shanghai, just like Alexander Zverev. With his solid, glacial and extremely unpredictable tennis, he is reaching goals that both Zverev and Tsitsipas have not yet reached. Things in tennis change quickly, but today we can say that a tennis player like Medvedev (or his colleague Dominic Thiem) is more ready to win a Grand Slam title than Zverev and Tsitispas.
Much also depends on the demerits of the German and the Greek, who are playing a mediocre season, famous above all for their failures in the Grand Slam tournaments. If the signals are the right ones (and they have been growing steadily since 2018), then ATP found a great future Slam champion, incomparable to Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, but the first on a list that must collect the heavy legacy of these three champions.