2020 was starting to be a fairly disappointing season for Daniil Medvedev, who had not managed to express himself on the same level as last year. In the last two rounds of this very difficult year, the young Muscovite has found his best tennis by winning ten games in a row and winning both the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy and the ATP Finals in London.
In the last edition of the Masters at the O2 Arena, the Russian took away the satisfaction of beating the top three players in the world, celebrating the most prestigious title of his career. Despite the countless compliments he has received, Medvedev realizes perfectly that beating Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the Grand Slams is a totally different mission.
In a lengthy CNBC interview on Tuesday, Daniil explained how difficult it is to bend the Big 3's stamina in the best-of-five format. Many believe that 2021 could be a good year for the definitive handover to the top of men's tennis.
At the US Open 2020, Dominic Thiem became the first player born in the 90s to win a Major, but we cannot forget the absences of Federer and Nadal and the shocking disqualification of Novak Djokovic.
Medvedev on the Big 3
"It's not easy because these three (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic) are the three greatest tennis players of all time and there is no doubt about this.
All the records they have broken are just simply sensational and nobody before could even come close to their records," Daniil Medvedev said. 2019 US Open runner-up Daniil Medvedev acknowledged the struggle as he continued: "So it's really tough … even if they're not that young anymore, to beat them and especially on Grand Slams.
So we do our best, we practice hard. We do beat them many times, so hopefully, one day we can do this more and more." While the tennis universe has witnessed several players rise to the occasion and win the big best-of-three-sets tournaments, the best-of-five-sets format has been a different story.
Even in the recently-concluded season, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal won the Australian Open and the French Open respectively. Roger Federer and his fans are eyeing his anticipated return at next year’s Australian Open.
Having not touched his racket in the past ten months, Roger Federer is looking confident of returning and playing at the top again. And recently, the 20-time Grand Slam explained what he must do to return in 2021.