Daniil Medvedev dismisses Roger Federer and sets sights on Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic


Daniil Medvedev will not be happy just surpassing Roger Federer in the world rankings.

The 23-year-old is on course to finish the year ahead of Federer as the world No 3.

The Russian won the Shanghai Masters title on Sunday and was quizzed on the likelihood of rising up the standings.

But Medvedev is only focussed on going even higher than the suggestion as he also wants to leapfrog Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

“It’s tough to answer this question, because I always say that my first goal is to win every match I play,” Medvedev said.

“And that’s how I can actually become No 1 if you win a lot of matches in a row just like I did.

“But to be honest with you, when you asked this question right now, I kind of thought, yeah, I don’t have that much points to defend till I would say USA next year.

“But I’m going to try my best to show great results as I did here, and if something like this is going to happen, it’s just a big bonus.”

Medvedev has reached the final of the last six tournaments he has entered, including the US Open where he lost to Rafael Nadal.

And he is now looking to continue the momentum for the rest of the season.

“I think it’s everything together, like something clicked in my game in USA,” he added.

“I don’t know why. I think it’s just the hard work that I have been doing.

“But I started to understand even more about my game, even more I would say about my serve, about my volley, about everything, like kind of what do I have to do when?

“That’s why many of these matches, as I say, I could have lost at least three sets here but finally didn’t lose one.

“That’s why, yeah, crucial moments I kind of know what do I have to do and where do I have to play? If I have to play it with spin or slice or dropshot, stuff like this.”


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