World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev has admitted that it will be extremely hard for him to overtake Novak Djokovic on the rankings list before the season ends. Medvedev has 10,780 points, while Djokovic sits at No. 1 with 12,133. "Honestly, it seems almost impossible to me,” Medvedev explained, per Tennishead.
The fact that Medvedev has to defend points at the Paris Masters and Nitto ATP Finals makes it almost impossible for him to overtake Djokovic before the season ends. “I have to defend my titles, [in Paris] and at the [ATP Finals].
[Djokovic] doesn’t have a lot of points to defend, I think”. Medvedev is focused on the Masters events in Indian Wells and Paris, as well as the Nitto ATP Finals. "What remains [of the calendar]?” Medvedev added.
“Indian Wells, [Paris], Turin (ATP Finals) and Vienna. “Vienna, I will not play, because it is the week of St. Petersburg. I don’t think I’ll go to St Petersburg either but if I play somewhere that week it will be [there].
“So there are Indian Wells, Paris and Turin left. If I win all three I might be in the game, but it’s still a huge challenge”.
Medvedev saw off Djokovic in the US Open final
Medvedev handed Djokovic a 6-4 6-4 6-4 loss to win his maiden Grand Slam title.
"I mean, he was hitting his spots very well. He came out very determined on the court. You could feel that he was just at highest of his abilities in every shot. He had a lot of clarity what he needs to do tactically. He has executed it perfectly," Djokovic said after the match.
"The other hand, I was just below par with my game. My legs were not there. I was trying. I did my best. Yeah, I made a lot of unforced errors. I didn't have -- no serve really. "I was below par with everything, to be honest. So just one of these days where unfortunately, yeah, wasn't meant to be."