25-year-old Daniil Medvedev is certainly one of the players of the moment, having already reached two Grand Slam finals and won three Masters 1000 titles, as well as the 2020 ATP Finals trophy. This week he also climbed to second place in the world rankings, his best ranking, reaching a placement that no one had ever touched since 2005, when the Australian Lleyton Hewitt succeeded.
In the course of a new interview granted to L’Equipe, the Russian addressed some very interesting topics. Among the topics discussed, also the fear shared by the entire tennis world regarding the period following the retirement of the Big 3, as well as a courageous prediction of the Top 5 in 2026: "Before they [Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal] emerged there was already a great interest in this sport.
I believe that the circuit will continue to be very attractive and, above all, very competitive because in every tournament new players emerge capable of doing great things. Honestly, I believe that Djokovic will remain in the elite of world tennis for five years, I hope Federer and Nadal will be gone.
My feeling is that Thiem, Zverev, Tsitsipas and I will be there instead”. Finally, Medvedev then went back to talking about the final lost in Melbourne and his difficult relationship with clay: “The more you climb, the harder it is to keep winning and you understand the complexity of this sport.
Everything can change in a short time and in my opinion the ranking should not be more important than the big tournaments. Winning the Grand Slam trophies is the main goal. The land is the surface that I appreciate least, but the situation is rather stabilized except for the presence of some specialists.
I think I can play well, even if my only goal is to win a match at Roland Garros and then we'll see”. Daniil has lost in the first round of Paris continuously for four editions, that is to say since he has participated in the main draw (from 2017 to 2020).
Meanwhile, former Swiss player Marc Rosset recently spoke about his countryman Roger Federer's comeback this year. Rosset claimed that Federer might not be ready to play at a high level yet, but insisted that 39-year-old should play a few matches on clay to get some match practice ahead of Wimbledon.
Rosset comments on Roger Federer
"Roger Federer saw that maybe he was lacking a bit of physical preparation," Marc Rosset said. "So I think it's going to be interesting for him to really play as many matches as possible on clay."
Rosset suggested that Federer is unlikely to get by with serve-and-volley at Wimbledon, as the homogenization of surfaces has helped baseliners more than first-strike players. "(Playing on clay) will allow him to do a little land work, to get a bit of a physical shape," Rosset said. "Especially since Wimbledon is hardly won by serving-and-volleying, it is won from the baseline."