Medvedev: I Don’t Defend a Lot of Points So Why Not Go For the No. 1

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Only a year ago, before the tournament in Washington, Medvedev was the 63rd ranked player in the world. He lost a training set before the tournament to Lucas Pouille 6:0 and went on to lose in the second round. 

My wife was with me all the time, and she kept telling me that I would be in the top 10 in the world. I just looked at her at smiled, Medvedev recalled. 

She can now brag about how she was right

Since Washington this year, the 23-year-old Russian has played in five consecutive finals – winning three titles, two of them at the Masters’ tournaments. 

I won the title in Shanghai without dropping a set, that’s why many say I’m invincible. But we don’t know what the future holds. There were some matches in China where I could have easily lost a set, but I didn’t, Medvedev said. 

Something just clicked in my game. I don’t know what. I worked hard to better understand my game, service, everything. At key moments, I knew what I needed to play, what I can rely on.

Given his form of late, many tennis experts, analysts, and even players see him as the best tennis player in the world.

My primary goal is to win every match I play. That is how you become the No.1 in the world. But since you asked that question, I realize that I don’t have many points to defend until Washington next year. I will try to get the best possible results. Becoming the number one is just a bonus, Daniil Realized. 

I don’t know what else I need. Maybe to win 21 Grand Slams to surpass Roger.

Medvedev will show up again on the tennis courts on Monday, as he’ll take part in the Kremlin Cup

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