Top-ranked Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev says he won't have an easy job of winning it all in St. Petersburg as he insists the draw features some high-profile names. Medvedev, seeded at No. 1 in the St. Petersburg main draw, is set to open his campaign at the tournament against 15-time ATP champion Richard Gasquet.
Stan Wawrinka, a three-time ATP champion, 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic, 2018 Paris Masters champion Karen Khachanov and two-time ATP champion Borna Coric are also playing St. Petersburg. Rising stars Denis Shapovalov and Taylor Fritz will also be aiming to win it all in St.
Petersburg. "Judging by the draw, the lineup is very strong. Of course, there have been several withdrawals, but this is quite understandable because this tournament is played indoors on hard and comes immediately after the clay major," Medvedev said in St.
Petersburg, per Max Gao. "I got a difficult draw [with Richard Gasquet in R1], but sometimes it’s better to start a tournament with tough opponents. I will have to show my best game at the tournament from the get go.
Medvedev looking to bounce back from a disappointing French Open exit
After losing to Dominic Thiem in the US Open semifinal, Medvedev claimed he wouldn't think about the loss too much then he picked up back-to-back first round exits in Hamburg and the French Open.
"Not at all, it's not going to sit with me. I'm always disappointed to lose. But it's not like I felt like I got nervous or I lost my concentration. I was there. Let's not talk about first set, but second, third set I was there all the time.
Mentally I was 100%. My concentration was there, my game plan was there," Medvedev claimed after losing to Thiem. "Just he managed to be on top of me. Yeah, maybe I had a set point especially in the third set. Maybe I could have served better and make an ace.
But, as I say again, this is tennis. So looking ahead and was a great match tonight." After skipping the Rome Masters, Medvedev returned to action in Hamburg, where he picked up a straight-set loss against rising French star Ugo Humbert.
A week later, Medvedev suffered another first round exit as Marton Fucsovics beat him in four sets at Roland Garros. Medvedev will now be aiming to bounce back in front of his home fans and potentially win St. Petersburg.