Tennis: Marseille’s triumph boosts vanity of recent No.2 Medvedev
REUTERS: Daniil Medvedev did not want factors from Sunday’s Marseille triumph to interchange Rafa Nadal as world quantity two, however the Russian mentioned it was an important feeling to win a tenth ATP title as he climbed one other rung.
Medvedev’s rise within the rankings was confirmed earlier this month, with Nadal not enjoying tournaments for the reason that Australian Open to get well from a again harm.
With the official rating launch on Monday, Medvedev turned the primary participant moreover Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Nadal to be positioned within the prime two since Lleyton Hewitt in July 2005.
The celebrations began a day earlier for the 25-year-old when he received 6-4 6-7 (4) 6-4 over unranked Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert within the ATP 500 ultimate.
“I knew I used to be going to be No. 2 it doesn’t matter what Monday … It is at all times higher while you transfer up the ranks while you do one thing proper,” mentioned Medvedev.
“I do know profitable right here did not give me the factors to develop into # 2, nevertheless it’s nice for my vanity that proper earlier than I develop into # 2 on Monday, I win a event.”
Medvedev reached the Australian Open ultimate final month, his second Grand Slam decider after the 2019 US Open, following a 20-game profitable streak on the Paris Masters, ATP Finals and the ‘ATP Cup as a group which included 12 consecutive victories. -10 opponents.
His run ended with a loss to world primary Djokovic within the Melbourne ultimate, then he suffered a shock loss to Serbian Dusan Lajovic in Rotterdam.
After that blip, nonetheless, Medvedev was again in profitable vogue in Marseille the place he received his tenth Tour title – all on onerous courts.
“I am actually proud of quantity 10. It takes me to double digits, which I dreamed of as a child,” Medvedev mentioned.
“I feel it is rather a lot already, however I’ll attempt to work extra and get extra … I actually like enjoying on onerous courts. I really feel like that is the place my recreation fits me the very best. “