'It is more important for Rafael Nadal to be...', says top coach

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'It is more important for Rafael Nadal to be...', says top coach

Daniil Medvedev returns to competition this week at the Mifel Tennis Open in Los Cabos, making his debut in a tournament in which he knows he needs to sign a big role. Medvedev is No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, but he is under enormous pressure at the top position.

Entering the week he leads World No. 2 Alexander Zverev by just 775 points. Daniil will also defend 1,000 points next week in Canada at the National Bank Open Presented by Rogers. "Without a doubt I will be watching [the battle for No.

1]," Medvedev told ATPTour.com. "It depends on the moment, because at the end of the season, unless he wins all the tournaments that are left, it will probably be Rafael Nadal [who is No.1 at the end of the year].

But, at the same time, I can keep it up for a long time if I manage to play well here [on the North American hard court tour]." This will be Medvedev's 11th week as World No. 1, drawing his second stint at the top of tennis at this point male.

However, Medvedev sits in sixth place in the Pepperstone ATP Race To Turin as five players have scored more points than him this season and may threaten his status as World No. 1 as the season draws to a close. Although Medvedev is aware of the situation, he does not follow the battle in detail to know how many points he must earn each week to keep his position.

The four-time ATP Masters 1000 champion is focused on the matches ahead of him. "The most important thing is to try to win tournaments, try to get those points," Medvedev said. "That way you can stay [world No.

1]" The top seed in Los Cabos will compete for the first time since he played the Mallorca Championships in June."

Rafa Nadal will play in Montreal

It is this attitude that his uncle, Toni Nadal wanted him to learn.

He was Rafael Nadal’s childhood coach and ensured that he takes the right direction to succeed in tennis. In Nadal’s autobiography, Rafael Nadal: My Story, Toni detailed Nadal’s attitude while growing up. He said, “Respect for other people, for everyone irrespective of who they might be or what they might do, is the starting point of everything.

What is not acceptable is that people who have had it all in life should behave coarsely with other people. No, the higher you are, the greater your duty to treat people with respect”. Talking about what he would have done if Nadal was an ill-mannered boy, Toni said, “I would have hated my nephew to have turned out any other way, to have performed tantrums on court, to have been churlish with his opponents, with the whole world watching on TV.

Or, for that matter, to be impolite with the umpires or the fans. I always say, and his parents do too, that it is more important to be a good person than a good player”.