Daniil Medvedev has been simply sensational on the court in recent times. He defeated World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open in an emphatic fashion and prevented the Serbian from winning his 21st title. Such was Medvedev’s domination that he thrashed Djokovic in straight sets in the game.
Post that, Medvedev had a rather forgettable outing at Indian Wells where Grigor Dimitrov defeated him in a hard-fought encounter. After the astonishing defeat, Medvedev decided to stay away from his home event this week in Moscow. Although Medevdev’s ultimate target is to become No. 1 in the world, he has claimed that it might take him a while to turn that dream into reality.
‘He won three Slams and was in the final of the fourth, so it is logical that he is still No. 1’: Daniil Medvedev on Novak Djokovic
Talking about his defeat at Indian Wells, Medvedev claimed that there are a few reasons behind the loss but he doesn’t want to put them out in the open. “It’s not only fatigue, there were a couple of things I felt in Indian Wells,” Medvedev told press at Moscow. “There is nothing serious, but I don’t want to talk about them.”
“Since the Olympics, I have not returned home for two and a half months, I was in the States, becoming the No. 1 in the world is still the goal,” the US Open champion said. Commenting on Djokovic, he claimed, “though Novak did not play several Masters this year, he won three Slams and was in the final of the fourth, so it is logical that he is still No. 1.”
The Russian tennis star further added that his ultimate goal is to give his best on the court. “If I’ll catch up with him this year, excellent, but if not I will try to do it down the road. My biggest goal is to work and be the best version of myself in every tournament, whether a Slam or a 250 event,” he claimed.
Evidently, Medvedev is only 1,800 points behind Novak Djokovic, however, he has big titles at Paris and the ATP Finals to defend in the near future.