World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev says Serena WIlliams has a "legendary energy around her" and people will still be regularly talking about the American even when she retires from professional tennis. Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, is retiring from professional tennis after this year's US Open.
Williams, who turned pro in 1995, has enjoyed a very long and successful career. Now, her astonishing career is set for its final chapter. During his US Open pre-tournament press conference, Medvedev paid tribute to retiring Williams.
“Every time I’ve seen her, she has this legendary energy around her that I’m sure is what makes people see her and say, ‘I’m a fan,’ and we will probably still be talking about her for another 30 years," Medvedev said of Williams, via David Kane.
“Every time I’ve seen her, she has this legendary energy around her…that I’m sure is what makes people see her and say, ‘I’m a fan,’ and we will probably still be talking about her for another 30 years”.
Medvedev to play Rotterdam
Meanwhile, Medvedev has been confirmed for the 2023 Rotterdam edition.
Since 2018, Medvedev has been a regular participant of the Rotterdam event. Medvedev's best Rotterdam result came in 2019, when he reached the semifinal before losing to Gael Monfils.
Daniil Medvedev is confirmed for ATP500 Rotterdam, 11-19 February 2023.
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Stunningly, Medvedev picked up back-to-back first round exits in his last two Rotterdam appearance. Even though Medvedev picked up first round exits at the tournament in 2020 and 2021, he will still be a top favorite for the Rotterdam title next year.
But before Medvedev switches his focus onto Rotterdam and the next season, he will try to defend his US Open title. Last year, Medvedev clinched his first Grand Slam title after beating Novak Djokovic in the US Open final.
For the first time in his career, Medvedev returned to a Grand Slam tournament as the defending champion. In the US Open first round, Medvedev plays Stefan Kozlov. With Djokovic out of this year's US Open, Medvedev is the top favorite for the title. It remains to be seen if Medvedev can defend his US Open title and capture his second Major glory.