Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev has acknowledged that everything except the final at the Toronto Masters will be a failure. Medvedev is seeded at No. 1 in the Toronto Masters main draw since world No. 1 Novak Djokovic is skipping the event.
Medvedev, seeded at No. 1, has a first round bye in Toronto. "I am the top seed so anything except the final will not be a good result,” Medvedev said, per the ATP website. “I want to play good tennis. I know when I play good tennis on hard courts, I am hard to beat.
“I am keen to win. I know I am capable of beating a lot of guys on hard and I know I can win big tournaments. At the same time, everybody plays well, everybody can beat everybody. It is unpredictable”.
Medvedev enjoyed his Cincinnati run in 2019
Medvedev captured his maiden Masters title at the Cincinnati Masters in 2019.
"It was a special tournament,” Medvedev smiled. “It was my first Masters 1000 final. I came here from Washington and I was pretty exhausted already. I didn’t know what to expect, I just wanted to play good tennis.
It was the best result of my career at the time. It was a special feeling. I like playing in Canada”. Medvedev admitted he wasn't happy with his result at Wimbledon. Medvedev made the round-of-16 at Wimbledon, before losing to Pole Hubert Hurkacz.
"Each week, you are going to play strong opponents who will want to beat you as you are No. 2 in the world,” Medvedev said. “I played quite good tennis at Wimbledon, but being top four in the world, even though it was a tough five-set battle against Hubert Hurkacz, to lose in the fourth round at a Grand Slam was not a good result”. It remains to be seen how far can Medvedev go in Montreal.