Former seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe believes Daniil Medvedev has to step up his game when it matters most and go for it if he wants to win Majors. Medvedev, ranked at No. 2 in the world, made his maiden Grand Slam final at the US Open in 2019.
Back then, Medvedev competed extremely well but he fell short in five sets to 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal. Medvedev made his second Grand Slam final earlier this year at the Australian Open but didn't impress as he suffered a straight-set loss to Novak Djokovic.
Medvedev has now been through to the US Open semifinal and he is two wins away from winning his maiden Grand Slam title. "To win majors, Medvedev has to come in, in my opinion," McEnroe told Tennis Now. "He hasn't done that at times when he's had opportunities.
He's starting to do that now. We know how dangerous he can be."
Medvedev could meet Djokovic in the US Open final
Medvedev plays Felix Auger-Aliassime in the semifinal, while Djokovic meets Alexander Zverev. Djokovic is chasing to complete a Calendar Grand Slam and capture a record 21st Grand Slam title .
"I think the crowd would be at least 50-50," McEnroe said of the potential Medvedev and Djokovic final. "I think people want to see history. They know Novak is on the verge of doing something very special and want to see it...
"Medvedev and Zverev are the best movers of guys six-foot-six and above I've ever seen in my life. They [Djokovic and Medvedev] are two different styles. When I saw Medvedev play Djokovic at the 2019 Australian Open and he's playing 20, 30 ball rallies, I thought 'this guy is out of his mind.' But he knows how to maximize his game. He win a lot of free points on his serve."