Despite a slew of poor performances until October, Daniil Medvedev ended the 2020 season in a dream-like fashion. Finishing the year on a 10 match winning streak, Medvedev won back-to-back titles at the Paris Masters and subsequently claimed the ATP Nitto Finals. Interestingly, seven of those ten victories were against the top-10 ranked players.
After lifting the 2020 season-ending championships, Medvedev became the first man in the Open Era to defeat all the top-3 ranked players in the same tournament.
Recently, ATP shared a statistic that deep-dived into the return position of players at the Nitto ATP Finals from 2018 to 2020.
While looking at Medvedev’s first-serve return contact point during his round-robin match against Alexander Zverev, it averaged a staggering 5.51 meters behind the baseline. Medvedev’s extreme return position was the deepest return position among all the players over the three last years at the ATP Nitto Finals.
However, Medvedev made an amusing reply to ATP’s post on Twitter, trolling himself over his inept volley game. The Russian tweeted, “because my volleys need work…” as a justification to his deep return position on the court.
Many fans found Medvedev’s tweet hilarious and replied to his tweet with laughing emojis. Having ended the season as the No. 4 ranked player, Medvedev’s epic victory against Dominic Thiem in the final turned out to be one of the best matches of the year.
With the 2021 Australian Open scheduled in February, Medvedev will aim to win his first Grand Slam title. On the last four occasions, Medvedev has failed to go past the fourth round at Melbourne Park.
Considering his sublime form, Medvedev will be among the favorites to lift the Australian Open trophy. As per the guidelines, all players will arrive in Melbourne in mid-January along with their entourage and then will quarantine for the next two weeks.