American tennis player Noah Rubin believes world No. 4 Daniil Medvedev has what it takes to take his game to another level in 2021. Medvedev, who made nine finals in 2019 and ended runner-up at the US Open, claimed his first season of 2020 at the Paris Masters and then two weeks later claimed his maiden Nitto ATP Finals title.
Medvedev finished the 2020 season with capturing back-to-back titles on the big stage and he will certainly enter 2021 motivated to now win his maiden Grand Slam title. "Medvedev obviously already broke out a little but I want to see a little more of that consistency throughout the year.
I want to see if he can come out and maybe be that 'new Dominic Thiem'," Rubin said in the latest episode of Match Points, as revealed on Tennis Majors. Medvedev, who beat Dominic Thiem in the final at The O2 Arena, was asked if that could be the beginning of a new rivalry.
"Hopefully. We never know because we can only reflect on when we are going to be 35 and maybe we will have a head-to-head 2020, but this moment, as we both said on the ceremony, we really hope to be playing more great finals like this, or, for example, in the US Open we played semifinal.
The match was also really close. Went his way. He was better there. Got his first slam," Medvedev said shortly after the final. "Hopefully we can have more matches on big stages, hopefully with a crowd, like this against Dominic."
Medvedev described it as the 'toughest victory in my life'
"Yeah, I think it was the toughest victory in my life because Dominic is a really tough player to play. I think today he was at his best. I don't know.
Maybe it's not the case, but that's what I felt during the match. He was really close to winning it, second set. I managed to stay there," Medvedev added. "And also what I felt in the third set that I was really tired physically, for sure, but I felt like he started to miss some balls, he started to run a little bit slower because he was tired.
"And, I mean, to make Dominic tired in a three-set match, not a five-set, I think is a great achievement. All these small things, Dominic is playing as today is one of the best players in the history, not yet maybe by the titles and Grand Slams, but as I say, playing as today." It remains to be seen if Medvedev can capture his first Grand Slam title in 2021.