Daniil Medvedev's 2021: it's time to become a ruler

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Daniil Medvedev's 2021: it's time to become a ruler

Daniil Medvedev was the great ruler of the ATP Tour in November, not having lost a single match between the Rolex Paris Masters and the Nitto ATP Finals in London. Despite having beaten Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem in the Tournament of Masters, the Russian believes he is still far from the top of the table.

He said: "There is still a long way to go to get to the top of the ATP ranking. It all depends on me, it's clear that if I can perform the same performance as Paris and London, I have a better chance of getting to the top.

You have to be the best of all. all within a season to become number 1 in the world and 8000 points may be enough. The presence of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic makes the task more difficult for everyone else.

It will always be difficult to reach this milestone until when Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are on the pitch. I will try my best to achieve this goal. " Yet until November, Daniil Medvedev's 2020 was not very satisfying.

He started the season playing the 2020 ATP Cup, winning four games but losing in the semifinals to Novak Dokovic. At the Australian Open 2020 he beat Frances Tiafoe, Pedro Martínez and Alexei Popyrin in succession, losing only one set to Tiafoe.

In the fourth round he lost to Stan Wawrinka in the fifth set, replicating the result of the previous year. He went out in the first round in Rotterdam defeated by Vasek Pospisil and in the quarterfinals at Open 13, losing to Gilles Simon.

After the lockdown he returned to play an official match at the Western & Southern Open. Credited with the third seed, he left the scene in the quarterfinals, in three sets, at the hands of Roberto Bautista Agut, who wins in comeback.

At the US Open, always credited with the third seed, he reached the semifinal without losing a set, beating Federico Delbonis, Christopher O'Connell, Jeffrey John Wolf, Frances Tiafoe and fellow countryman Andrej Rublev in the quarterfinals in succession.

In the semifinals he lost to future champion Dominic Thiem. At Roland Garros he lost in the fourth set in the first round to Márton Fucsovics. Medvedev reached the quarter-finals in Vienna, following victories over Jason Jung and Vasek Pospisil, while being defeated by Kevin Anderson.

Then the rest is history: victory in Paris-Bercy and in London. For 2021 Medvedev cannot hide: with Thiem he is the main contender for the role of star against the Big Three. Each year, the difference between Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and the others seems to narrow a little more.

Medvedev has the skills to be able to put all the strongest opponents in difficulty, especially on hard-courts, thanks to his unpredictability and his mental strength.