Russian Daniil Medvedev has encountered numerous difficulties this season. The tennis player began by losing the Australian Open, a tournament in which he started as a great favorite and in which he lost in the final despite the great advantage.
Few satisfactions and many important defeats in a year in which Daniil has not yet been seen at his best, but despite this, he has given the athlete new important satisfaction. As of this week, Medvedev is once again number one in the world and, given the lack of points awarded at Wimbledon and Alexander Zverev's serious injury, the tennis player could maintain this position for a long time.
Just a few days ago, Medvedev suffered yet another defeat, in the final against Hertogenbosch tournament surprise Tim Van Rijthoven. Now Daniil starts again in Halle, where before the tournament the tennis player was celebrated with a cake and a nice interview to talk about his return to the top of the ATP ranking.
The Russian tennis player made the following statements: "I am happy to be number one and, in fact, I think I deserve it. The ATP ranking covers 52 weeks, not just one, also because otherwise we would have new number ones almost every week."
Regarding a season in which so far there have been more disappointments than wins, Medvedev was clear: "Maybe it will be better here in Halle. I am getting better and better on grass and I am happy about it, this has always been my favorite surface.
It is true that I play better on concrete, where I can impose my game, but I like grass. I still have a lot of potential to express on this surface and I am constantly improving. Here it is more difficult to be able to respond and slow down my opponent's pace, so the grass slows down one of my best skills."
Daniil overtook Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic is preparing for Wimbledon
Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic has come under scrutiny for his vaccination stance from business tycoon and former World No. 19 Ion Tiriac. "Nadal is Nadal, and at Roland Garros there is no one like him.
And on the other hand, I think Djokovic has made a fatal, fatal mistake with the issue of the vaccine. Fatal. For his image and all that, a shame, because he is a sensational player," Tiriac said. Ion Tiriac also spoke about the personality of Novak Djokovic and drew comparisons to John McEnroe and Ilie Nastase.
"He wants to be a personality, but he doesn't have the charisma of McEnroe or Nastase," Tiriac said. "So it's a little more difficult. Without a doubt he is a great player and a great worker. But he's not Nadal."