“Thats’ What I Am Fighting For”: Daniil Medvedev Determined to Dethrone Novak Djokovic From World Wo.1 Spot at US Open 2021

Published 08/14/2021, 5:10 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his first round match against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff REUTERS/Paul Childs


Daniil Medvedev has reached the semifinals at the National Bank Open. After a poor outing at the Tokyo Olympics, he had a seemingly easy road to the semifinals in Toronto. And carrying forward this momentum into the US Open, his main aim is to become the World No.1 in the ATP rankings.

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Medvedev is the number one seed at the National Bank Open this year and will be playing John Isner in the semifinals. He wants to win the American Grand Slam, and in order to achieve that, he needs a strong finish in Canada.

Aug 10, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Daniil Medvedev of Russia plays a shot against Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan in second round play in the National Bank Open at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Daniil Medvedev wants to become the World No.1

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The current World No.1 Djokovic has had a great year so far. He has already won three Grand Slams this year and is on the hunt for a fourth one – a hunt for the Calendar Grand Slam.

Thus, it will not be an easy task for anyone to dethrone him from the number one spot. However, Daniil Medvedev is the closest competitor to the Serb in terms of proximity of rankings. Medvedev is highly capable of securing the number one spot.

For starters, becoming world No.1 with Novak Djokovic still there is not an easy thing, since he has won every game he has played in Grand Slam tournaments, so you have to beat him in the final.

“It happened to me in Australia so you never know, if I had beaten him that day maybe it would be closer today it would be 800 more points for me and 100 less for him, but he beat me, that’s the reality,” said Medvedev in an interview in Canada.

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Medvedev is trying his best to achieve the number one ranking

The Russian is very close to winning the title in Toronto. After his loss against Rafael Nadal in the 2019 Rogers Cup, Medvedev will be seeking for redemption this year.

I’m just trying to get my best tennis, I know that if in a year I win two Grand Slam tournaments and a few Masters 1000s, I’ll be the new n # 1, so that’s what I’m fighting for.  Of course I want to be # 1, but first I have to win the headlines, that’s what I’m trying to do,” said Medvedev.

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With the Big 3 missing and no tough competition, Medvedev can assert his dominance in Toronto. He can also lay the foundation for the rest of the North American campaign by winning the title in Toronto.

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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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