Daniil Medvedev US Open 2022

Daniil Medvedev ‘did not cry’ over losing world number one spot

Daniil Medvedev says he ‘did not cry’ over losing his world number one spot this summer because he didn’t deserve to keep it.

It has been a breakthrough season in a sense for Medvedev, who has not won any of the four majors although he was able to finally climb to the top of the world rankings.

Much of the points he relied on for that were from winning the US Open last season, though, as well as a fine US hardcourt swing in general.

He was not able to replicate this year, and suffered an early exit at Flushing Meadows at the hands of Nick Kyrgios. That has resulted in his slipping to number four in the rankings behind Carlos Alcaraz, Casper Ruud and Rafael Nadal, but he says he cannot be angry about it.

“To be honest, I didn’t feel much when I lost the world number one spot,” Daniil Medvedev said.

“The ranking is the consequence of your results and if we take the American summer, for example, I did not take enough points to stay number one, or even number two or three.

“Whereas Casper, Carlos, Rafa of course, with the two Grand Slams he won at the start of the year, they took a lot more points. So, it’s just logical.

“I have no feelings about it, no reason to cry. I can only tell myself that I have to do better if I want to find this place in the future.”

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