Daniil Medvedev Australian Open 2021

‘Tennis has a short memory,’ Daniil Medvedev is not caught up about his rankings achievement heading into Miami

Daniil Medvedev says he is focused on continuing to improve his game while not getting ahead of himself about the level he could reach, particularly in the ATP rankings. 

Daniil Medvedev is set to undertake his first Masters 1000 event as a top seed this week, starting against either Sam Querrey or Yen-Hsun Lu.

‘It’s great because of course it comes with good results and a lot of hard work,’ Medvedev said in an interview for ATP Tennis TV. ‘I don’t want to stop. Every time you reach something new you want to keep climbing higher and higher,’ he added.

While expressing his pleasure at his current status on tour, the Russian was sure to remain grounded.

‘Tennis has a short memory, so it’s something I’ll remember for all my life, but I want to continue improving every day,’ he continued.

‘[I’m not thinking about No.1] at all to be honest. It’s still so far away.

‘Plus, I feel like to be No. 1 you probably need a Grand Slam because that’s where all the points are, unless you, I don’t know, make four finals and win five Masters in a year.

Medvedev won two Masters events and the ATP Finals in 2020 before reaching the Australian Open final last month. He continued to speak on the subject of rankings, before moving on to how he has developed the mental side of his life on and off the court.

‘I always say the rankings show the results, the better results you have in the year, especially in the biggest tournaments, the better your ranking will be.

‘I definitely think the mental work I’ve been doing helps me in many things, either in life or in tennis. It’s something that I wanted to improve, and I feel like I’ve done that big time.

‘I definitely still have some moments where I’m not happy about myself or I can lose matches, maybe lose my temper, but I’ve worked a lot on it and I feel like it’s getting better and better.

‘It’s the same with tennis, I don’t want to stop working on it.’