Facing Novak Djokovic is easier than Rafael Nadal, says Daniil Medvedev



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Facing Novak Djokovic is easier than Rafael Nadal, says Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev spoke to Ubitennis about possibly being the world No. 1 for the first time in his career. The Russian is fifth and the two biggest rivals for the top of the rankings seem to be Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic who fought for the top spot until the very late stage of the season.

The Moscow native said he will try to be the number one as soon as possible: "I have been thinking about it since I was six years old and I do not think I will stop trying, but I am not obsessed with it. If when I will be 40 years old I will be able to sit and say that I was the world No.

2 as my career-high ranking my life will not be that different. Of course, when you work hard, you train in a certain way and you play so many tournaments that you want to always get the best results." On Djokovic and Nadal, Medvedev added: "They are two big champions and two unbelievable opponents, but I think facing Novak for my kind of game is easier.

The matches against him are close and it excites me." Medvedev finally spoke about why he is playing two back to back exhibition events, the Diriyah Cup in Saudi Arabia and then the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi: ‌"I think playing one or two exhibitions at this point of the pre-season is a good idea, you cannot train for four weeks without seeing how your game is. Last year I played one in France. This year we decided to set the schedule, we will see how it goes."