Daniil Medvedev clinched his tenth career title last Sunday at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille, taking away the added satisfaction of overtaking Rafael Nadal in second place in the world rankings. The young Russian has accumulated a lot of points in the last 52 weeks and is now just 2135 points behind world number 1 Novak Djokovic.
The Moscow tennis player hoped to also win his first Grand Slam in this early 2021, but his race stopped in the final against Nole. Medvedev, who many gave as favorite on the eve of the final act in Melbourne Park, took a loud blow that undermined his confidence.
After the misstep in Rotterdam, with a lot of behavior bordering on unsportsmanlike, Daniil made up for it last week despite not offering his best tennis ever. At a press conference in Marseille, Medvedev was asked about the possibility of ousting Djokovic from the top of the standings.
On the other hand, the protege of Gilles Cervara has very few points to defend on clay and grass, having not achieved great results in the first half of 2020. Daniil also focused on Roger Federer's return to the field.
Medvedev on Roger Federer's return
"I don't know if I will become No.
1 in my life or not," Daniil Medvedev said. "But I will do my best in training and on the pitch to try to take the most points and, at one point, become No. 1." Daniil Medvedev also spoke about Roger Federer's return from a year-layoff.
According to the 25-year-old, Roger Federer is one of the very few players who could have made the task of coming back from a critical injury seem like child's play. "In the locker room we were saying that when you come back after not competing for more than a year due to injury, you normally are not able to place the ball inside the court and you just lose in straight sets," Medvedev said.
"But he is Roger!" While Daniil Medvedev was passionate in his defense of the 'Next Gen', he was also happy about achieving tennis history on Monday. The Russian has had quite a run since last year, having won the titles at the 2020 Paris Masters, the 2020 ATP Finals, the 2021 ATP Cup and now the 2021 Open 13 Provence.
The Russian claimed after his Marseille win that it was more satisfying to achieve the landmark after doing 'something great' "I am really happy," Medvedev said. "I knew that I would become No. 2, but it is always better when you step up the rankings when you do something great."