Rafael Nadal: 'Personally I don’t have many idols in tennis but he certainly...'

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Daniil Medvedev, number 2 in the ATP individual classification, reached 10,030 points in the world ranking. The Russian is the fourth player to pass the 10,000 mark since 2009, when the current ranking system was established.

The other tennis players who did it are Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Daniil Medvedev is the best tennis appearance in recent times. Until before his 5-7 2-6 2-6 defeat in the Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic, Medvedev had been crowned champion in the last 3 tournaments: Paris Masters 1000, ATP Finals and the ATP Cup with Russia.

his birthplace. In addition, he had 20 victories in a row, of which 12 were against top 10 players, including Nole, whom he defeated in the group stage of the Masters Tournament. In Miami, Medvedev is the big favorite to win the title.

The Muscovite won 6-2 twice over Taiwanese Yen-Hsun Lu in the framework of the second round - he did not play the first to be seeded. In the third, he defeated Australian Alexei Popyrin 7-6 (3) 6-7 (9) 6-4 in an exciting match in which he suffered severe cramps, although that did not prevent him from taking the victory.

Finally, he reached the quarterfinals after defeating American Frances Tiafoe 6-4 6-3. The fact of having exceeded 10,000 units is not a minor detail, and it takes on even more relevance when we see that only Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Murray, the Big Four, have been able to achieve it.

The one that stayed the longest was the Serbian, who completed 340 weeks above that floor, followed by the Spanish with 197, the Swiss with 95 and the Russian who just entered the first. Rafael Nadal recently spoke at length on several topics during an interview with Veja.

Rafael Nadal pays tribute to Guga Kuerten

Given that the interview was with a Brazilian daily, the name of Gustavo Kuerten found its way into the conversation too. Kuerten is regarded as Brazil’s finest tennis player of all time, with three French Open titles to his name.

Rafael Nadal spoke in glowing terms about Kuerten's aura and stature, while also revealing that his coach Carlos Moya was once good friends with the Brazilian. "I know Guga well and everything he represents for tennis, not only in Brazil or Latin America but all over the world," Nadal said.

"My coach and friend Carlos Moya was also very close to him. Guga is a gigantic name for our sport. Personally I don’t have many idols in tennis but he certainly represents a lot for tennis fans and for Brazilians."