“Never Gonna Stop”: Daniil Medvedev Opens Up on Chasing His Maiden Grand Slam and World No.1 Spot

Published 08/20/2021, 12:41 AM EDT
Aug 15, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Daniil Medvedev of Russia waves to fans after defeating Reilly Opelka of the United States in the finals of the National Bank Open at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports


The Russian World No.2, Daniil Medvedev, secured his seventh consecutive win to reach the Cincinnati Open 2021 quarterfinals. Following his R16 win, he reflected on chasing the Masters 1000 titles, a Grand Slam, and becoming the World No.1 player.

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For Medvedev, doing his best on the court is as good as any achievement. Hence, even if he does not win the accolades he has always dreamed of, he would not be regretful.

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

Also, the 25-year-old Russian is not only chasing the titles, but is also improving his game every match. But, he would be “super happy” if he did attain the titles.

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“It’s just I am chasing to improve every day, play good,” Medvedev said after the third-round win. “And if it’s enough to win a Masters, hopefully, a Grand Slam and be number one, I will be super happy, but I am never gonna stop.”

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Daniil Medvedev wary of his Cincinnati QF opponent

Stunningly, the top seed and 2019 champion, Medvedev, secured a straight-set win over Grigor Dimitrov in 90 minutes. He is now looking forward to meeting his next opponent at the Western and Southern Open 2021.

While talking to Prakash Amritraj on Tennis Channel post his match, Medvedev did not know whether he would play Hubert Hurkacz or Pablo Carreno Busta. Even then, he knew both would make up for a “tough quarterfinal.”

“I lost to Carreno Busta in Olympics a few weeks ago, played a crazy match with Hurkacz last week. Of course, every tournament is different; the ball, conditions is different. But both players that I had tough matches with, so tough quarterfinal,” Medvedev remarked.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Quarterfinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 29, 2021 Pablo Carreno of Spain in action during his quarterfinal match against Daniil Medvedev of the Russian Olympic Committee REUTERS/Mike Segar

However, in terms of preparations, the reigning Canadian Open champion is “going to prepare for the winner.” That is, he would be looking forward to getting his Olympics revenge over Spaniard Carreno Busta (who beat Hurkacz in the R16) in the Cincy quarterfinals.

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Medvedev in close range to take the World No.1 spot

As Novak Djokovic skipped Cincinnati, he will lose his 2020 championship points. Subsequently, if Medvedev wins the title, he would successfully retain his 2019 championship points. (2019 ranking points got locked due to coronavirus pandemic).

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Ultimately, the Russian could lessen the gap between him and the top place in the ATP Rankings. Now, it will be intriguing to see whether he goes on with his winning ways in Cincinnati.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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