Daniil Medvedev US Open 2021

Daniil Medvedev: ‘Becoming world number one is still the goal’

Daniil Medvedev is on the hunt to overtake Novak Djokovic as world number one, but admits it could take a while to achieve the feat.

The Russian claimed his maiden Major title after defeating Djokovic in US Open final last month, however lost to Grigor Dimitrov in Indian Wells fourth round before withdrawing from his home event in Moscow.

“It’s not only fatigue, there were a couple of things I felt in Indian Wells,” Medvedev said. “There is nothing serious, but I don’t want to talk about them.”

Medvedev has won four titles in 2021 and reached the final of Australian Open in February.

“Since the Olympics, I have not returned home—for two and a half months, I was in the States,” added Medvedev.

The Russian is currently ranked second in the world and remains 1,800 ranking points behind Djokovic, the upcoming Paris Masters awards 1,000 points to the winner, while the season ending ATP Finals gift the winner 1,500 points.

“Becoming the No. 1 in the world is still the goal,” he said. ”Though Novak did not play several Masters this year, he won three Slams and was in the final of the fourth, so it is logical that he is still No. 1. If I’ll catch up with him this year, excellent, but if not I will try to do it down the road.”

“In 2019 I was in the final of the US Open, but I did not win. And this year, I was in the finals of Australia also. This experience helped me in the final of the US Open.”

“My biggest goal is to work and be the best version of myself in every tournament, whether a Slam or a 250 event,” he added.

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