Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev is set to become world No. 2 on Monday but instead he took the opportunity to congratulate Novak Djokovic on breaking the all-time record for most weeks spent as world No. 1. This week, 33-year-old Djokovic entered his 311th as world No.
1 and Roger Federer is now second on the list with 310 weeks as world No. 1. Last year, Djokovic underlined on several occasions that his goal before he retires is to achieve the all-time Grand Slam record and historic No. 1 record.
"First of all, it's an unbelievable achievement," Medvedev said after reaching the semi-finals of the ATP 250 event in Marseille on Friday. "I think in the world of tennis we talk about Grand Slams more than anything else.
But this is also a small competition, I'm sure he's really happy about it. The way he's played, he's definitely capable of catching 400 weeks. "We're going to try to not let him do this. I didn't manage to do anything in the Australian Open final, but that is what sport is about.
Nobody is going to give him an easy pass, he's going to have to earn it."
Medvedev praised Roger Federer
No other player than Djokovic, Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray has been ranked inside the top-2 since 2005.
Medvedev, who climbed up to a career-high ranking of No. 3 this week, is set to continue his rise on the rankings list. This week also Federer returned to action 14 months and Medvedev has nothing but great respect for the Swiss as he hopes to play the record 20-time Grand Slam champion in one of the upcoming events.
"I would definitely like to play Roger. He's one of the three best in tennis history, it's always great playing him," Medvedev said, adding "every time you step out on the court against the Big Three, it's a special feeling"