Daniil Medvedev answers whether overtaking Novak Djokovic at No. 1 is his main focus
by DZEVAD MESIC | VIEW 3800
World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev admitted it took him some time to find his game and rhythm in his first match since the Australian Open final. Medvedev, who suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the Australian Open final to Rafael Nadal, returned to action on Tuesday in Acapulco.
Medvedev, seeded at No. 1, defeated France's Benoit Paire 6-3 6-4 to progress into the round-of-16. Medvedev was struggling at times but still managed to escape with a straight-set win. "It's always not easy to come back after some rest and some time off competition," Medvedev said, per the ATP website.
"Sometimes [it is] better, sometimes [it is] worse. I felt like my sensations were not at the top today, but I managed to fight until the end against a very tough opponent and I'm happy that I managed to win."
The No. 1 ranking on the line for Medvedev
If Medvedev wins Acapulco, he is guaranteed to overtake Novak Djokovic at the No.
1 spot when the ATP list gets updated on Monday. When asked about it, Medvedev insisted the chase for the No. 1 ranking isn't his main focus this week. Djokovic is playing in Dubai this week but Medvedev has everything in his hands.
"If Novak would not be playing, then maybe it would be a little bit more in my mind because it would only be me that it depends what I can do," Medvedev said. On Tuesday, Medvedev failed to convert any of his two break points in the opening game but also saved a break point in the following game.
However, it didn't take long for Medvedev to claim the first break as he broke Paire in the third and ninth games to win the opener. Paire responded well to losing the first set as he led 4-2 after the opening six games of the second set.
Just when it seemed that the match might go three sets, Medvedev earned back-to-back breaks to win four games in a row and get the job in straight sets.