The Erste Bank Open 2020 has set its course in Vienna and Daniil Medvedev is its first-time passenger. In his first round of the Austrian tournament, the US Open 2020 semifinalist will face Australia’s Alex de Minaur. Previously, they have met each other on two occasions, with the World No. 6 Medvedev winning both clashes.
However, Vienna is brimming with competition as six of the Top 10 battle in this much-anticipated event (including World No. 1 Novak Djokovic). The Russian professional, who has successfully earned a reputation around his game, will look to make his presence felt.
“There are only good things ahead”: Daniil Medvedev
Acknowledging the three lone standing tournaments of 2020 (Vienna Open, Rolex Paris Masters 1000, and the Nitto ATP Finals), the 23-year-old Medvedev will be focusing on gaining maximum points in Austria.
Daniil has already won seven singles titles and two masters titles and considering the potential of the events ahead, the fourth seed has an opportunity to turn his career around.
“I am really motivated. There are only big points left [for me], an ATP 500, a Masters 1000 and [the Nitto ATP Finals in] London,” said Medvedev. “[There are] only good things ahead, so I am really motivated to just be good, practise good and play good,” says the Russian.
Who is Medvedev hoping to meet?
The stakes in Vienna are considerably high, as Djokovic aims to retain his World No. 1 position until the end of the year. The defending champion and the local in Vienna, World No. 3 Dominic Thiem, will seek to repeat history.
The Russian Daniil Medvedev in return will have to offer something great, to defeat such odds.
He admits, “The tournament here in Vienna is actually really strong, if you look at the seeded players and the rankings of all of the players, the first rounds, some of them are just really, really strong, so it is always challenging to go really, really deep in this tournament.”
It will be a test of testament for the Russian, as he will be performing for the first time in Austria at the Vienna Open 2020. But will he be able to make a difference with his deep baseline rallies? How far will he go?
“Even being in the semi-final will be a success already, and if I manage to meet Dominic there, it will hopefully be a great match to watch,” said Daniil Medvedev.