World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev has expressed hope that he won't be banned from competing in international events amid the Russia and Ukraine war. Russia and Belarus have been banned from competing in team events. Russian and Belarusian players have been allowed to continue competing in international but they do not compete under the name or flag of their respective countries.
"I want to play my favorite sport. Until I have the chance to do it, I'm going to be there to play for the fans, for other people and for myself. Till I have the chance, I'm going to play. Let's see how the situation evolves," Medvedev said.
Medvedev reveals his greatest strength
"I think my greatest strength is consistency and in tennis it's really important. You can hit a lot of winners, you can play really aggressive, but if you make one winner, one unforced errors, probably you're going to lose the match," Medvedev claimed.
Two weeks ago, Medvedev officially replaced Novak Djokovic at the No. 1 spot. Medvedev accomplished his two biggest goals in a span of six months as in September he captured his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open. "For me, it's a great feeling.
Something I've always dreamt of, something I was going for. At the same time I want to play better, I want to try to win more. For example, talking about Australian Open, for sure wanted to win it," Medvedev said. "I'm thinking, Okay, if I have one more chance like this, I should be better, I should be stronger.
The more tournaments you win, the more points you gain, the more chances you have to stay at this No. 1 spot for more weeks, more time. That's what matters for me the most." No. 1 seed Medvedev is now aiming to win his maiden Indian Wells title. Medvedev has been through to the Indian Wells third round, where he plays Gael Monfils.