In a press conference, Daniil Medvedev was asked what is his biggest challenge now. The world No. 4 said: "For me the main challenge is to win every match I have ahead of me. The more matches I win, the higher my ranking is.
You can thus become No. 1, No. 2 and 3. Naturally, there is a desire in my heart to win a Grand Slam. I want to reach semifinals or a final at a Grand Slam. To that end, I must play well and practice persistently." On his four consecutive wins over Stefanos Tsitsipas, Medvedev, who beat the Greek in Shanghai, said: "Earlier some journalist asked me if a head-to-head score has an impact on the upcoming match.
I think it doesn’t. We grow up, we become better or worse, that is why each match is a different story. There are convenient opponents, some of them aren’t. You can see, that I raised my game and tennis level and that is the reason why I defeated many tennis players who used to be inconvenient for me.
I can say that I agree with Tsitsipas - that in two-three or maybe even four years, he will defeat me. There is a chance, that he will win three matches in a row against me." Asked why he did not defend any of last year's titles, Medvedev replied: "I didn’t think even about it.
But now I realize it happened indeed. Everything happens for various reasons. The main reason is that I had a good season from the very beginning. There were tournaments where I simply could not have played physically. Therefore, my team decided not to participate in them. I hope this does not become my trademark style (laughter). I have no such desire."