“With Novak Djokovic Who Doesn’t Want to Lose Any Points”: Daniil Medvedev on Challenge of Reaching World No.1

Published 07/02/2021, 3:12 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Tournament winner Novak Djokovic of Serbia and runner up Daniil Medvedev of Russia pose for a photo holding their trophies after their final match REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


Russia’s golden boy, Daniil Medvedev, is not far away from becoming the new World No. 1. The 25-year-old currently sits just inches away from the top spot, and success at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship could see him close the gap majorly. To do so, he might have to get past the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and even dethrone the current World No. 1, Novak Djokovic.

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While that might usually amount to innumerable pressure on the person in question, Daniil doesn’t seem to be affected by it all that much. Instead, he remains focused on battling it out for the title as he believes “that’s how you become number 1.”

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 19, 2021, Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reacts during his semi final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Kelly Defina
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“It doesn’t put any extra pressure on me”- Daniil Medvedev

For someone knocking on the doors of becoming the World No. 1, Daniil has a rather cool attitude. However, his calm and composed demeanor is more lethal than anything else. Speaking at a post-match press conference, he opened up about the possibilities of claiming the top seat.

“So yeah, I always had this opportunity. But you need to make a final or a grand slam. Or win a Masters or win a grand slam to make it. Especially with Novak who doesn’t want to lose any points,” the Russian said.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 8, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev during his quarter final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

While Daniil surely understands the severity of the situation and knows the extent he will have to go to achieve the unthinkable, mounting pressure is the least of his problems. “It doesn’t put any extra pressure on me because I always just try to do my best. Try to win more matches, try to win tournaments. That’s the most important thing to do, that’s how you can actually become N0. 1,” he said, making his priority and goals clear.

The Russian mentioned how one needs to win ‘only’ three Grand Slams a year to become No. 1. Describing it quite casually, he said, “Let’s put it easy. If you win 3 grand slams in a year, you’re probably going to be No.1. That’s how I see it”. 

While Daniil has his eyes set on the prize, setting his hands on it will not be as easy as he made it sound, as Novak will leave no stone unturned in his defensive campaign.

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Eyes on the prize

So far, at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship, the Russian has put on two solid performances. Looking in fine form, he dominated his opponents winning his first and second game, 3-1 and 3-0, respectively. Courtesy of this exuberant display, the 25-year-old is starting to gain center attention.

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However, it will take a lot more for the current World No. 2 to become World No. 1. With every game passing, the goal only seems closer but also tougher than ever. Will he make it or not? That remains a question, best answered on the court.

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