The former No. 1 says, “I never imagined about passing Novak Djokovic.”

In 2021, Novak Djokovic‘s main competition was Daniil Medvedev. The Russian sought to surpass the Serb and usurp the ATP kingdom by competing against him in two Major finals. Daniil missed a number of his narrow opportunities to unseat Novak in the previous season.

After scoring 3360 points in Toronto, Cincinnati, and the US Open, he started to compete again! In the US Open final, Medvedev defeated Djokovic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to win his first Major trophy and pass the Serb in the ATP Race standings by 2000 points.

After losing the match that may have given him the chance to complete the calendar Grand Slam, Novak made the decision to forego Indian Wells and spend extra time off the court. Daniil missed an opportunity in the desert to further decrease the margin.

In Indian Wells, Medvedev lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round instead of going for another victory, therefore ending his chances of finishing the season as the year’s top player. Battery recharging and a desire to get the record-breaking sixth year-end no.

Ahead of 2022, Djokovic will continue to hold the No. 1 position after making a comeback in Paris and winning the 37th Masters 1000 title. Daniil claimed that his prospects of becoming the world’s top player this year were almost over after Indian Wells since he had not anticipated Novak to lose such a significant lead in Paris or Turin.

In 2021, Novak Djokovic‘s main competition was Daniil Medvedev.

The first Masters 1000 title since Rome 2020 was won by Novak in the Paris Masters final, where he defeated Daniil 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in two hours and fifteen minutes.

In order to create the necessary lead, Djokovic saved seven out of 10 break attempts and successfully intercepted the opponent’s serve five times out of six times. In the shortest rallies up to four strokes, Novak amassed a significant lead by controlling the opponent’s serve, dashing to the net to disrupt the opponent’s rhythm, and winning with finesse.

Soon after, Medvedev advanced to the ATP Finals championship match, while Djokovic lost in the semifinals. The Russian overtook the Serb and briefly held the top spot in the world rankings in 2022 after the Serb withdrew from the Australian Open. “I’ll be honest—I never considered passing Novak.

It might have crossed my thoughts if I had won the Indian Wells championship after the US Open. That was not the case, and knowing how powerful Novak is, I can’t even consider it “said Daniil Medvedev.