Daniil Medvedev will attempt to win his 250th ATP match on Wednesday night in Los Cabos. In order to maintain his position atop the ATP leaderboard over the next two weeks, the World No. 1 will play Australian qualifier Rinky Hijikata in an effort to reach the significant victory.
Daniil had no hesitations when asked which triumph was his favorite. He mentioned beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the 2021 US Open final. Djokovic was a tough opponent at the Majors last year, giving it his all in the four most prestigious competitions and just missing a Grand Slam.
As he pursued ultimate success in New York, Novak won the Australian Open, Roland Garros, and Wimbledon, tying Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slam victories (20). Djokovic gained six triumphs without playing at his best and without participating in any matches to go to the US Open final and be one victory away from making history.
On that momentous night at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Medvedev triumphed over Novak 6-4 6-4 6-4 to win his first Major title at the age of 25. The Russian outplayed Novak for the biggest victory of his career by hitting 38 wins and 31 unforced errors to put the Serb behind.
With two breaks in the first two sets, Medvedev prevailed in the third set to cross the finish line and become a tennis immortal. In the first game of the match, Daniil barely dropped a point on his serve and quickly took the lead by grabbing a break.
Excellent game management on Medvedev’s part allowed him to hold on for the final game to score 6-4 and gain a lead in the second set. Early in the second set, Djokovic missed five opportunities to break the tie, and he soon paid the price.
Lendl on Djokovic and Nadal
Ivan Lendl recently expressed his opinions on Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic‘s cat-and-mouse game.
Lendl expressed his disappointment in both Rafa and Novak. “Since he hasn’t played in a while and is the oldest, Roger currently seems to be out of it. We shall know the answer if Novak still manages to win the most Grand Slams in spite of that.
If Rafa wins one more championship, I believe he will be asked about the vaccination and the fact that Novak was unable to compete. And that doesn’t seem fair to me. Actually, I’d prefer to see someone at the top with a 2, 3, or 4 title advantage.
Whoever it is, I don’t care; I don’t have a favorite. To be clear, I just want to answer that question. Also, refrain from saying, “Your record isn’t that excellent, but if this man could play, maybe it would be different.” That’s not right, “Added he.