Daniil Medvedev has no buts and is one of the strongest players on hard surfaces. He proved it by winning the ATP Finals in 2019, his first big trophy, but especially this year by achieving his first Grand Slam with the US Open.
The victory over Novak Djokovic allowed the Russian to advance strongly in the rankings, but to surpass him and become the number 1 in the world he needs more stellar performances. The most important tournaments from now until the end of the season are three, namely the Indian Wells and Paris-Bercy Masters 1000 and the Turin Finals.
Medvedev himself recognized the company's difficulty immediately after the Flushing Meadows triumph, but fortunately for him, the arithmetic is still on his side. Specifically, here is the combination of results that would allow the Russian to reach the top of the ATP ranking by the end of the year.
Daniil Medvedev's race to the top of the ATP rankings in late 2021 is one of the most difficult. In addition to his personal results, the 25-year-old Russian should expect a number of combinations that also involve Novak Djokovic.
The chances of him, therefore, are slim. To be exact, the situation is as follows: There is currently a difference of 1,580 ATP points between the two. Medvedev will lose 50% of the points earned in the 2019 Shanghai and St. Petersburg tournaments.
The Russian will also have to defend the Paris-Bercy 2020 title, as well as the quarter-finals in Vienna, an event in which he has already announced that he will not be present. (1,090). Djokovic, meanwhile, will lose 50% of the Tokyo and Paris-Bercy 2019 points.
Regarding the Indian Wells 2019 points, 50% will remain if this improves the 2021 result.
Uncle Toni comments on Novak Djokovic
In a recent column for El Pais, Rafael Nadal’s former coach, Toni Nadal penned down what went wrong for Novak Djokovic in the finals.
He believes that his plan completely failed and Daniil Medvedev served brilliantly throughout the US Open 2021 finals. “We could argue that the break initial Medvedev made him Djokovic. It made a dent in the Serbian player, who quickly saw that the tactic he had planned with long rallies from behind was not going to work for him as the Russian was willing to suffer.
Or that the new champion managed to serve very well throughout the game. And that he is deserving of the title and a firm candidate for others to come,” wrote Toni. (Translated via Google Translate) “The huge slab that put all that was at stake for him prevented him from resisting Daniil’s relentless game.
And I have to admit that I was surprised to see him so affected. In recent times, it has perhaps been somewhat less resistant. But its enormous capacity to withstand moments of maximum tension with strength and concentration is well known,” concluded the 60-year-old.