Stat Shows Daniil Medvedev’s Dominance Over Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Others on Hard Courts

Published 09/14/2021, 5:59 AM EDT
Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrates with the championship trophy after his match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia (not pictured) in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


25-year-old Russian Daniil Medvedev has steadily risen on the ATP Tour since his breakthrough season in 2019. Ultimately, his unorthodox playing style and brilliance on hard courts earned him his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open 2021. What’s more interesting is that he denied World No.1 Novak Djokovic, who had a 27-match winning streak in Grand Slams, a chance to win the Calendar Slam in the final.

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Statistically, World No.2 Medvedev is one of the best active hard court players in tennis. Moreover, in terms of numbers since 2018, the Russian is ahead of Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, and even Roger Federer.

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How Daniil Medvedev has dominated on hard courts over Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and others

Most minds in the tennis world had expected Novak Djokovic to win the US Open 2021 and rewrite 52-year-old history. However, Daniil Medvedev not only spoiled the dream but won in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; (L-R) Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrate with the finalist and championship trophies, respectively, after their match in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Consequently, the ATP Media Info Twitter account dove into tennis players’ success on hard courts since 2018. And there, the newly-crowned US Open champion had already set up his throne.

As per the stat, Medvedev has recorded a whopping 147 ATP wins on hard court tennis surfaces. Following him are Djokovic (115), Alexander Zverev (113), Stefanos Tsitsipas (111), and Andrey Rublev (108).

Moreover, the 25-year-old Russian also leads in the number of ATP titles on hard courts since 2018. Medvedev has 12, Djokovic has 10, Zverev has 7, Rublev has 6, and Roger Federer has 5.

Hence, his victory in New York was only a consequence of his hard-court expertise. It is the quick surface that bods well with his unique shot-making abilities.

What’s next for Djokovic and Medvedev after the US Open 2021?

Interestingly, Djokovic, Medvedev, and Tsitsipas have qualified for the ATP Finals 2021 Turin. Hence, tennis fans will be looking forward to watching the top-eight players compete for prestige again.

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Before that, Medvedev is aiming to play a few more hard-court events on the Tour. Conversely, Djokovic stated that he doesn’t know whether he would play anything after the US Open loss.

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Hopefully, all of them will lock horns again for high-quality tennis action in Italy. Do you think Medvedev will defend his ATP Finals title this year?

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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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