World No. 2 Daniel Medvedev made it clear he sets the highest possible goals as he would like to win 25 Grand Slams and become a world No. 1. On Thursday, Medvedev survived a tricky Australian Open second round clash as he beat Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (1) 6-4 4-6 6-4.
Medvedev captured his maiden Grand Slam after beating Novak Djokovic in last year’s US Open final. “Well, you know, I think the higher you climb the rankings, the further you want to go. I have been No. 2 for quite a long time," Medvedev noted, per Sportskeeda.
"I have been playing pretty well. Of course, yeah, I want to, you know, become No. 1, win 25 Slams, or something like this. "But again, for me the most important is hard work on myself, trying to improve my game, to be a better player, so try to win every tournament I play.
Like I played ATP Cup, managed to come back from a tough loss, win three matches, were really close to making something big for Russia, but we didn't manage to do it."
Medvedev aiming to overtake Djokovic at No.
Djokovic, who beat Medvedev in the 2021 Australian Open final, is set to lose a big number of points for not defending his Melbourne title. Medvedev is aware of that fact and he wants to use the opportunity to attack the No.
1 spot. “Came here to Australian Open, prepared well. Want to win as many matches as possible. It's tough, Grand Slams are tough, there are going to be tough opponents," Medvedev added. “Sometimes you lose early, sometimes you lose late, sometimes you win it.
I just want to, you know, try to, yeah, try to play really good. If I manage to do big results, I can become No. 1, especially of course with Novak losing his points here. I mean, we cannot not talk about this."