Daniil Medvedev Rates His US Open 2021 Chances After Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem’s Withdrawal

Published 08/21/2021, 6:04 AM EDT
Aug 15, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Daniil Medvedev of Russia poses with the trophy after defeating Reilly Opelka of the United States (not pictured) in the finals of the National Bank Open at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports


After a scintillating performance in Toronto and a semifinal berth at the Cincinnati Open, Daniil Medvedev is ready for the US Open. The Russian is confident of a strong finish in New York and has kept his hopes alive. He is ready to seize the opportunity at hand at the US Open.

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Daniil Medvedev won the National Bank Open last week in Toronto. The Russian defeated Reilly Opelka in a tight final and claimed his maiden title in Canada. However, the World No.2 will be aiming to add a maiden Grand Slam title in his cabinet.

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I’m going to try to do my best: Daniil Medvedev on his US Open chances

Daniil Medvedev came really close to clinching the 2019 US Open title. However, the left arm of Rafael Nadal was a barrier between him and his maiden Grand Slam title. A thrilling five-setter between the two players entertained the fans and kept everyone at the edge of their seats. However, Medvedev can be certain of a few things this year, one being Nadal not playing at the US Open.

A series of big names have withdrawn from the tournament due to injuries and other reasons. It gives a great impetus to Medvedev’s campaign who has been in red hot form. “When I play good in New York, I can get good results, and of course, yeah, I want to win it,” said Medvedev.

Aug 19, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Daniil Medvedev (RUS) in action during his match against Grigor Dimitrov (BUL, not pictured) during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

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I’m going to try to do my best. If I manage to keep the level I’m playing at right now, I have good chances to go far,” said Medvedev after his Cincinnati Open quarterfinal as reported by Channel News Asia.

Medvedev’s only challenge in New York is Novak Djokovic

Daniil Medvedev has termed Novak Djokovic as the main contender at the US Open this year. The World No.1 has already won the first three Grand Slams this year and will be looking for a calendar Grand Slam. However, Medvedev’s fine form leading up to the US Open can change the story.

Aug 13, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Daniil Medvedev of Russia plays a shot against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland during the quarter finals of the National Bank Open at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Definitely Novak is going to be the highest contender. He’s winning almost all the Grand Slams right now. He won already 20. He has experience,” said Medvedev. Daniil will also be looking to avenge his Australian Open loss this year against the Serb.

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He has a level. I’m not gonna lie,” said Medvedev in all honesty.

Can Medvedev outperform everyone and win the US Open against all odds?

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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