Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev insists he was hampered by several things at the Indian Wells Masters and that affected his performance at the tournament. Medvedev, ranked at No. 2 in the world, lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the Indian Wells round-of-16.
Medvedev was up by a set and a double break but Dimitrov recovered to claim a shock win. “It’s not only fatigue, there were a couple of things I felt in Indian Wells,” Medvedev said, per Tennishead. “There is nothing serious, but I don’t want to talk about them”.
After the Tokyo Olympics, Medvedev had an exhausting summer as he made deep runs as he made it all the way at the Toronto Masters and US Open and also finished as semifinalist at the Cincinnati Masters. “Since the Olympics, I have not returned home—for two and a half months, I was in the States,” added Medvedev.
Medvedev aims the No. 1 ranking
Medvedev has been ranked at No. 2 since March and since then Novak Djokovic's lead has slimmed down. "Becoming the No. 1 in the world is still the goal,” he said. ”Though Novak did not play several Masters this year, he won three Slams and was in the final of the fourth, so it is logical that he is still No.
1. If I’ll catch up with him this year, excellent, but if not I will try to do it down the road”. . After losing two Grand Slam finals, Medvedev beat Djokovic in this past US Open final to lift his maiden Grand Slam title.
“In 2019 I was in the final of the US Open, but I did not win. And this year, I was in the finals of Australia also. This experience helped me in the final of the US Open," Medvedev explained. "My biggest goal is to work and be the best version of myself in every tournament, whether a Slam or a 250 event."
If Medvedev doesn't make it past Djokovic before the season ends, he will have a good chance at the start of the next season.