Daniil Sergeyevich Medvedev (Russian: Данийл Сергеевич Медведев, IPA: [dənʲɪˈiɫ sʲɪrˈɡʲe(j)ɪvʲɪtɕ mʲɪdˈvʲedʲɪf]; born 11 February 1996) is a Russian professional tennis player. He has been ranked as high as world No. 1 in men's singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), and is the current world No. 4. Medvedev has won 20 ATP Tour singles titles, including the 2021 US Open and 2020 ATP Finals. Medvedev defeated world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final to deny him the Grand Slam.[5] In the latter, he became the only player to defeat the top three ranked players in the world en route to the year-end championship title. He has also won six Masters titles and contested six major finals. His six Masters titles all came in different venues, making him only the sixth player to win Masters titles at six different venues.

Daniil Medvedev
Medvedev at the 2023 Monte-Carlo Masters
Full nameDaniil Sergeyevich Medvedev
Native nameДанийл Сергеевич Медведев
Country (sports) Russia
ResidenceMonte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 (age 28)[1]
Moscow, Russia
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Turned pro2014
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$40,740,116[2]
Career record357–143 (71.4% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles20
Highest rankingNo. 1 (28 February 2022)
Current rankingNo. 5 (20 May 2024)[3]
Grand Slam singles results
Australian OpenF (2021, 2022, 2024)
French OpenQF (2021)
WimbledonSF (2023)
US OpenW (2021)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsW (2020)
Olympic GamesQF (2020)
Career record16–25 (39.0% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 170 (19 August 2019)[4]
Grand Slam doubles results
French Open1R (2017)
US Open2R (2017)
Olympic Games1R (2020)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (2021)
Last updated on: 19 May 2024.

Medvedev made his ATP Tour main draw debut at the doubles event of the 2015 Kremlin Cup, and in 2017, he participated in a singles major for the first time at Wimbledon. In 2018, Medvedev won his first ATP Tour singles titles, and achieved a breakthrough in 2019, making his top 10 debut after Wimbledon and reaching six consecutive tournament finals, including at the US Open.[6][7] He went on to win the ATP Finals in 2020 and contest two major finals in 2021, winning at the US Open. Shortly after reaching another Australian Open final in 2022, Medvedev became the first man outside of the Big Four to hold the world No. 1 ranking since Andy Roddick in 2004, the third Russian man following Yevgeny Kafelnikov in 1999 and Marat Safin in 2000, and the 27th man overall.[8] He then struggled with form and eventually dropped out of the top 10 in rankings,[9] but returned to form in early 2023 and has since reached two more major finals and returned to world No. 3.[10][11]

Early life edit

Daniil Medvedev was born in Moscow to Sergey Medvedev and Olga Medvedeva. Daniil's father, a computer engineer, developed his own business of building materials sales, from the mid-1980s to the early 2010s.[12] Medvedev has two older sisters named Julia and Elena, 12 and 8 years his senior, respectively. When he was 6 years old, his mother noticed an advertisement for group tennis lessons at the pool where he was taking swimming lessons. His father encouraged him to enroll. Medvedev's first tennis teacher was Ekaterina Kryuchkova, a former coach of professional tennis player Vera Zvonareva among others.[13] Daniil's other childhood activities besides sport included harpsichord and guitar[14] lessons.[15][16][17]

Medvedev studied physics and maths at a specialized school before graduating early and enrolling in economics and commerce at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He later dropped out to focus on tennis.[17] He then switched to the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth, and Tourism, where he received his diploma[18] as coach.[19] With his family he moved to Antibes, France where he trained at the tennis academy.[20] His parents have been living in France[21] since then, as retirees.[16]

Personal life edit

As a result of living mostly overseas after turning 18, Medvedev can speak French and English fluently, besides his native Russian.[15]

Medvedev married his girlfriend Daria Chernyshkova,[22] a Moscow State University graduate and former juniors tennis player, in Moscow on 12 September 2018.[23][24] On October 14, 2022, they announced the birth of their daughter.[25] In September 2019, he credited his marriage for the improvement of his tennis results: "Before I made a proposal, I had been on the 65th place in the ranking, and then in ten months I've won two major tournaments and entered the top 10. We have significantly rebuilt our life, we work for each other. I earn [money], and Daria helps me to earn more".[26][27] Medvedev is a supporter of FC Bayern Munich.[28]

Junior career edit

Medvedev played his first junior match in July 2009 at the age of 13 at a grade 4 tournament in Estonia. In December 2010, he won his first junior title as a qualifier at just his third tournament.[citation needed]

2012–2013 would see Medvedev surge on the junior circuit as he won six titles between October 2012 and July 2013 which included four consecutive titles. He made his junior Grand Slam debut at 2013 Junior Wimbledon where he won his first round match against Hong Seong-chan but lost in the second round to 2nd seed Nikola Milojević. At the 2013 Junior US Open, he went into the tournament seeded 10th and made the third round where he lost to Johan Tatlot.[citation needed]

Medvedev reached his career-high junior ranking of world No. 13 at the beginning of 2014 and went into the 2014 Junior Australian Open seeded 8th. He ended his junior career after a first round loss at 2014 Junior Wimbledon.[citation needed]

Medvedev ended his junior career with an overall win–loss record of 109–43 and wins over several future stars including Alexander Zverev and Reilly Opelka.[29]

Junior Grand Slam results – singles:

Australian Open: 3R (2014)
French Open: 3R (2014)
Wimbledon: 2R (2013)
US Open: 3R (2013)

Professional Career edit

2015–2016: Early pro career edit

Medvedev made his ATP main draw debut at the 2015 Kremlin Cup, partnering Aslan Karatsev in the doubles event. The two defeated Aliaksandr Bury and Denis Istomin in the first round but were defeated by Radu Albot and František Čermák in the second round.[citation needed]

Medvedev at the 2015 Nice Open

As a qualifier, Medvedev made his ATP singles main draw debut at the 2016 Nice Open, losing to Guido Pella in three sets. Three weeks later he earned his first singles ATP World Tour win at the 2016 Ricoh Open, defeating Horacio Zeballos in straight sets.[citation needed]

Medvedev was disqualified from the second round of the Savannah Challenger event (in Georgia, U.S.) for comments he made after the umpire ruled in favor of his opponent.[30] Medvedev thought he had won a break point against his opponent Donald Young's serve, but chair umpire Sandy French ruled that his returning shot had gone out. After that, Medvedev said Young and French were friends. As both parties are black, he was disqualified mid-match for allegedly 'question[ing] the impartiality of the umpire based on her race'.[31]

2017: First ATP final edit

In January 2017, Medvedev reached his first ATP singles final. In the final at the Chennai Open he lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in two sets. As a result, Medvedev jumped 34 positions from 99 to 65 in the ATP rankings, a new career-high. In February, he advanced to the quarterfinals of both the Open Sud de France and the Open 13, losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille respectively.[citation needed]

In June, he made it to the quarterfinals of the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships, defeating the 6th seed, Robin Haase, and Thanasi Kokkinakis before losing to Ivo Karlović in straight sets. At the Aegon Championships, he advanced to his first ATP 500 quarterfinal by beating Nicolas Mahut and Kokkinakis in the first two rounds, before losing to the No. 6 seed, Grigor Dimitrov, in the quarterfinals. One week later, he on grass advanced to the semifinal of Eastbourne International, losing to Novak Djokovic.[citation needed]

Medvedev registered his maiden Grand Slam match win at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, defeating fifth seed and world No. 3, Stan Wawrinka, in the first round in four sets.[32] He lost in the next round to Ruben Bemelmans.[33] Medvedev was handed three fines totaling $14,500 (£11,200) for his conduct during the match with Bemelmans: $7,000 for insulting the umpire on two occasions and $7,500 for throwing coins under the umpire's chair.[34]

Medvedev serving at the 2017 Queen's Club Championships

2018: First ATP titles edit

Medvedev started the 2018 season by qualifying for the Sydney International. He reached the final which he won against Australian Alex de Minaur. The final was the youngest ATP Tour tournament final since 2007, when a 20-year-old Rafael Nadal defeated a 19-year-old Novak Djokovic in the final of Indian Wells. It also was the tournament's youngest final since 1989.[35]

In August, Medvedev won his second ATP title at the 2018 Winston-Salem Open after defeating Steve Johnson in straight sets.[citation needed] In October, Medvedev won his first ATP 500 and third career ATP title in Tokyo as a qualifier, overcoming Japanese star and No. 3 seeded, Kei Nishikori, in straight sets in the final. This triumph brought him to a new career high ranking of No. 22 and made him the No. 1 player in Russia. The victory also marked the third consecutive final that Medvedev had beaten the home favorite in to win the title. Medvedev reached the Kremlin Cup semifinal, losing to his countryman and eventual champion Karen Khachanov. One week later, he made the semifinals at the ATP 500 Swiss Indoors event, which he lost to Roger Federer. After the tournament, he achieved a new career high ranking of world No. 16.[citation needed]

Medvedev finished 2018 with the most hard court match wins of any player on the ATP Tour (38 wins). He also had the most titles on hard court tournaments (3 titles), tying with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Karen Khachanov.[36]

2019: Two Masters titles, US Open final edit

Medvedev started the season strongly by reaching the final of the Brisbane International, defeating Andy Murray, Milos Raonic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga en route, but then lost to Kei Nishikori.[37] At the Australian Open, he was seeded 15th, the first time he was seeded at a major. He reached the round of 16 for the first time in his career, where he was defeated by eventual champion Novak Djokovic.[38] In February, Medvedev won his fourth ATP title at the Sofia Open, beating Márton Fucsovics in the final.[39] The following week, Medvedev lost in the semifinals of Rotterdam to Gaël Monfils. Medvedev entered the Monte Carlo Masters having only won two of his 13 career matches on clay courts. Despite this, he reached his first ever Masters 1000 quarterfinal at the event after defeating world No. 8 Stefanos Tsitsipas.[40] In the quarterfinals, Medvedev earned his first triumph over a world number 1 ranked player, when he defeated Djokovic in three sets.[41] His run ended in the semifinals against Dušan Lajović.[42] At the Barcelona Open, Medvedev earned his third successive top 10 victory (this time over Kei Nishikori) to reach his first clay-court final.[43] There, he was defeated by world No. 5 Dominic Thiem.[44] Following his victory over Nishikori, Medvedev experienced a five-match losing streak, including an opening-round defeat at the French Open. He returned to form on the grass courts of Queen's Club, reaching his sixth semifinal of the season where he lost to Gilles Simon. Medvedev made his top 10 debut after reaching the third round of Wimbledon.

The North American hardcourt swing proved to be a momentous breakthrough in Medvedev's career, as he reached four tournament finals (in Washington, Montreal, Cincinnati, and the US Open), becoming only the third man in tennis history to do so (after Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi).[45] In Washington, he was defeated by Nick Kyrgios in the final. He followed this up with a strong performance at the Rogers Cup, reaching his first Masters final after beating top 10 players Dominic Thiem and Karen Khachanov. In the final, he was defeated by defending champion Rafael Nadal. Medvedev would reach a second consecutive Masters final at Cincinnati after beating defending champion Djokovic for the second time, where he defeated David Goffin in straight sets for his first Masters title.[46]

Medvedev entered the US Open as the world No. 5.[47] In his second round match, he fought off cramping to defeat Hugo Dellien in four sets.[48] He then defeated Feliciano López in a contentious match for which he was fined $5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct and $4,000 for flipping off the crowd.[49][50] Medvedev next recovered from a set and a break deficit to beat Dominik Köpfer and reach his first Major quarterfinal.[51] He then beat former champion Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals and Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals to reach his first Grand Slam final.[52][53] There, Medvedev was defeated by Rafael Nadal in five sets.[54]

Medvedev followed up his success in North America with his maiden title on Russian soil at the St. Petersburg Open, to become the first Russian to win the tournament in 15 years.[55][56] Medvedev then won a second consecutive title at the Shanghai Masters, defeating Alexander Zverev in the final.[57] By reaching the final, Medvedev became the 7th man since 2000 to reach at least nine finals in a season.[58][59][60] He ended the season losing his last four matches, including all three round robin matches in his ATP Finals debut.

2020: ATP Finals champion, third Masters title edit

Medvedev at the 2020 Australian Open

Medvedev opened his season at the inaugural edition of the ATP Cup as Russia's top ranked singles player. He led Russia to the semifinals, where they were eliminated by the Serbian team after Medvedev lost to world No. 2 Novak Djokovic.[61] At the Australian Open, Medvedev was eliminated in the fourth round by former champion Stan Wawrinka in five sets. During the February indoor season, Medvedev suffered early defeats in Rotterdam and Marseille.

When the season resumed in August after a six-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Medvedev failed to defend his title at Cincinnati Masters, losing to Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarterfinals. As the 3rd seed in the US Open, Medvedev reached the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Dominic Thiem.[62] At the French Open, Medvedev exited the tournament in the first round for the fourth consecutive year, losing to Márton Fucsovics. His struggles with form continued into the October indoor season, failing to string together more than two consecutive match wins in the St. Petersburg Open and Vienna Opens. Medvedev then resurged, winning his first title in a year at the Paris Masters.[63][64]

At the ATP Finals, Medvedev won all his round-robin matches in straight sets, over Alexander Zverev, Novak Djokovic and Diego Schwartzman. Medvedev recovered from a set- and break-deficit to defeat Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, before beating Dominic Thiem in the final, once again coming from a set down.[65] With the victory, he became the first player to have defeated the world's top three players at the ATP Finals, and only the fourth player (after Djokovic, Boris Becker, and David Nalbandian) to have done so at any tournament since the inception of the ATP Tour in 1990.[66][67]

2021: US Open, Davis and ATP Cups champion edit

At the second edition of the ATP Cup in February, Medvedev led Russia to the title, going 4–0 in singles. This included 3 top ten victories (over Diego Schwartzman, Alexander Zverev, and Matteo Berrettini) extending his win streak over top 10 opponents to ten wins.[68] Medvedev then reached his second Grand Slam final at the Australian Open after straight sets victories over Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, extending his win streak against top 10 opponents to twelve wins, and his overall win streak to twenty wins. In the final, he was defeated by the defending champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets.[69]

Medvedev won his first title of the season at the Open 13 in Marseille, defeating Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the final.[70] With the win, Medvedev ascended to world number 2 in the ATP rankings, becoming the first man outside of the Big Four to occupy a position in the top 2 since Lleyton Hewitt in July 2005.[71] On 13 April, Medvedev tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced to withdraw from the 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters.[72] At the French Open, Medvedev reached the quarterfinals, where he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas.[citation needed]

With the grass-court season, Medvedev took a wildcard to play in the Mallorca Championships, where he won his first career grass-court title. At Wimbledon, he reached the fourth round for the first time in his career.[73] There, he lost to Hubert Hurkacz in a match plagued by rain delays.[74] Medvedev entered both the men's singles and the men's doubles events at the 2020 Summer Olympics. In doubles, Medvedev and Aslan Karatsev were defeated in the first round by Slovakia's Filip Polášek and Lukáš Klein. In singles, he defeated Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik, India's Sumit Nagal, and Italy's Fabio Fognini to reach the quarterfinals.[75][76] In the quarterfinals, he lost to Spain's Pablo Carreño Busta.[77] To start the North American hardcourt season, Medvedev competed at the Canadian Open, where he won the title by defeating Reilly Opelka in the final.[78] The following week, he competed at the Cincinnati Masters, reaching the semifinals where he was defeated by Andrey Rublev.[79]

At the US Open, Medvedev dropped just one set en route to his first major title, defeating Novak Djokovic in the final.[80][81][82] The final received immense attention, as Djokovic was vying to become only the second man in the Open Era to achieve the calendar-year Grand Slam.[83]

Following the US Open, Medvedev participated in the Laver Cup as part of Team Europe. Team Europe comfortably won the title, with Medvedev winning his match against Denis Shapovalov in straight sets. At the Indian Wells Masters, Medvedev was upset in the fourth round by Grigor Dimitrov.[84] At the Paris Masters, Medvedev reached the final for the second consecutive year, but lost to Novak Djokovic in three sets.[85] In his third ATP Finals, Medvedev qualified for the semifinals after winning all of his group matches. He there defeated Casper Ruud, but lost in straight sets to Alexander Zverev in the final.[86] Medvedev ended his 2021 season by leading Russia to the Davis Cup title, not dropping a set through his five singles matches.[87]

2022: Australian Open final, world No. 1 edit

Medvedev represented Russia in the third edition of the ATP Cup. Russia advanced to the semifinals of the tournament after Medvedev and Roman Safiullin went undefeated in doubles. There, Medvedev won his singles match against Canada's Félix Auger-Aliassime, but Russia was eliminated when Medvedev and Safiullin were defeated in the decisive doubles rubber.[88]

In January, Medvedev reached the final of the Australian Open for the second successive year. En route to the final, he beat home favorite Nick Kyrgios, world No. 10 Auger-Aliassime (saving match point), and world No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas. In the final, he was defeated in five epic sets by Rafael Nadal despite taking a two-set lead. At 5 hours and 24 minutes, it was the second longest Major final ever played.[89] In February, Medvedev was nominated for the Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year award.[90]

Medvedev entered the Mexican Open with the opportunity to gain the world number 1 ranking from Novak Djokovic. Medvedev reached the semifinals where he was defeated once again by Rafael Nadal in a rematch of the Australian Open final.[91] However, as Djokovic was also defeated in the Dubai quarterfinals being played simultaneously, Medvedev ascended to world number 1 for the first time. Medvedev thus became the first man outside of the Big Four to hold the top ranking since Andy Roddick in February 2004,[92] and the third Russian man to achieve the ranking, following Yevgeny Kafelnikov in 1999 and Marat Safin in 2000.[93]

At the Indian Wells Masters, Medvedev lost to Gael Monfils in the third round. The loss resulted in his losing the number 1 ranking, with Novak Djokovic once again taking the top spot.[94] Medvedev had a chance to reclaim the number 1 ranking the following fortnight if he reached the semifinals at the Miami Masters, but fell one match short, losing to defending champion Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals.[95]

On April 2, Medvedev announced that he would miss the beginning of the clay court season to recover from a hernia procedure.[96] On April 20, the All England Club announced a ban on all Russian and Belarusian players, including Medvedev, from competing at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.[97]

Following his recovery from surgery, Medvedev returned to play at the Geneva Open, where he lost his opening match to Richard Gasquet in straight sets.[98] At the French Open, Medvedev was eliminated in the fourth round by Marin Čilić.[99] However, as Novak Djokovic failed to defend his title, Medvedev reclaimed the number 1 ranking.[100]

Medvedev entered three tournaments in the grass court season, Rosmalen, Halle, and Mallorca. At his first event in Rosmalen, he reached the final without dropping a set before suffering a shock loss to world No. 205 Tim van Rijthoven.[101][102] He then reached the final at Halle, once again without dropping a set, where he lost to Hubert Hurkacz.[103][104] In Mallorca, Medvedev was defeated in the quarterfinals by Roberto Bautista Agut.[105]

Medvedev started his North American summer hardcourt season by winning the title at the Los Cabos Open defeating Cameron Norrie in the final.[106] In his opening round match against Rinky Hijikata, he recorded his 250th career singles match win.[107] At the Canadian Open, Medvedev, who was the defending champion, lost his opening match to Nick Kyrgios. At the Cincinnati Masters, Medvedev was defeated by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals. Medvedev was yet again defeated by Kyrgios at the US Open, resulting in Medvedev losing his number one ranking.[108]

Medvedev began the fall indoor hardcourt season by competing at the Moselle Open, where he lost his opening match to Stan Wawrinka in three sets. Medvedev next competed at the Astana Open where he reached the semifinals. In his semifinal match, against Novak Djokovic, Medvedev was forced to retire with the match level at one-set-all with a leg injury.[109][110] Medvedev returned to play at the Vienna Open where he defeated Denis Shapovalov in the final to win his second title of the year, and second ATP 500 title of his career.[111] Medvedev finished the year on a 4 match losing skid, losing in the opening round in Paris Masters, and losing all three of his round robin matches in the ATP Finals in third-set tiebreakers. This resulted in him dropping to world no. 7 in the year-end rankings.

2023: Five titles and US Open finalist edit

Medvedev started the season at the Adelaide International where he reached the semifinals, losing to Novak Djokovic in straight sets.[112] Seeded 7th at the Australian Open, he defeated opponents Marcos Giron and John Millman before losing to Sebastian Korda in straight sets in the third round. As a result, Medvedev dropped out of the Top 10 to World No. 12.

In February, Medvedev entered the ABN AMRO Open in Rotterdam seeded 6th, where he made it to the finals whilst dropping only one set. In the final, he defeated Italian No. 1 Jannik Sinner in three sets,[113] thus returning to the Top 10. The following week, Medvedev entered the Qatar ExxonMobil Open seeded third and won the tournament, defeating Andy Murray in straight sets in the final.

In March, Medvedev defeated No. 2 seed Andrey Rublev in straight sets in an all-Russian final to win in Dubai his third title in three weeks,[114] and his 18th title overall thus winning titles in 18 different cities and becoming the first man in the Open Era to accomplish the feat.[115] In this tournament, he did not drop a set including his win against No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic, snapping his 20-match winning streak.[116] As a result, he moved back to world No. 6 on 6 March 2023.

At the next Masters 1000 Indian Wells Masters he reached back-to-back quarterfinals defeating 12th seed Alexander Zverev. His victories against 23rd seed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and 14h seed Frances Tiafoe propelled him into the final.[117] In the final, he lost to Carlos Alcaraz in straight sets but reentered the Top 5.[118] In Miami he reached back-to-back finals defeating 14th seed Karen Khachanov and won his 19th title in a 19th different city defeating tenth seed Jannik Sinner in straight sets. He moved to world No. 4 in the rankings on 3 April 2023.[119]

Medvedev began his clay court season at the Monte-Carlo Masters, where he reached his sixth consecutive quarterfinal with wins over Lorenzo Sonego and 13th seed Alexander Zverev but he lost to sixth seed Holger Rune in the quarterfinals, ending his streak of five consecutive finals. At the next Masters in Madrid he recorded his 300th win over first-time qualifier and compatriot Alexander Shevchenko in the third round.[120] He lost to qualifier, another compatriot Aslan Karatsev in the fourth round. In Rome he reached the semifinals at a Masters 1000 clay-court event for just the second time (after Monte-Carlo 2019) defeating qualifier Yannick Hanfmann.[121] Next he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach only his second final on clay. He won his first clay title defeating Holger Rune, having won 20 titles in 20 different cities. As a result, he returned to world No. 2 in the singles rankings on 22 May 2023.[122] Medvedev entered the French Open as the second seed but lost in his first round match against Thiago Seyboth Wild.

At the 2023 Wimbledon Championships, he was seeded 3rd and reached the semifinals for the first time at this Major. Following wins over wildcard Arthur Fery, Adrian Mannarino, Márton Fucsovics, Jiří Lehečka, and Christopher Eubanks in a tight five set match, he set up a semifinal clash with Carlos Alcaraz but lost in straight sets.

At the US Summer hardcourt swing, Medvedev made the quarterfinals at the Rogers Cup and reached the fourth round at the Cincinnati Masters, losing to Alex De Minaur and Alexander Zverev respectively.[123] Next, at the 2023 US Open, he reached the final following wins over Attila Balazs, Christopher O'Connell, Sebastian Baez, Alex De Minaur, fellow countryman Andrey Rublev, and defending champion Carlos Alcaraz in the semifinals to set up a rematch of the 2021 final with Novak Djokovic. Djokovic won in straight sets on Sunday, September 10. Due to his US Open run, he was the third player to qualify for the 2023 ATP Finals on September 5.[124] There he reached the semi final before losing to Jannik Sinner in three sets.[125]

At the Asian Swing, Medvedev reached the final of the China Open where he lost to Jannik Sinner in straight sets.[126] At the 2023 Rolex Shanghai Masters he recorded his 60th win of the season to reach the third round over Cristian Garin, after Carlos Alcaraz did the same.[127]

2024: Third Australian Open final, 350th career & 100th Masters wins edit

At the 2024 Australian Open he defeated Emil Ruusuvuori in the second round from two sets down and recorded the third-latest match finish at 3:39AM in the history of this Major.[128] He then defeated Félix Auger-Aliassime and Nuno Borges to reach the quarterfinals. He then won back-to-back 5-set matches against Hubert Hurkacz and Alexander Zverev, coming back from two sets down to defeat the latter, to reach his third Australian Open final.[129] He lost the final to Jannik Sinner in five sets, having led by two sets to love.[130] It was his second loss in the Australian Open final after having led by two sets to love, after his loss in the 2022 Australian Open final to Rafael Nadal,[131] becoming the only man in the Open Era to lose two major finals from a two-set lead. At the end of the tournament Medvedev played four five-set matches in total and set two records, one for the most time spent on court at a Grand Slam tournament with 24 hours and 17 minutes, and for the most number of sets played in a singles major, at 31 sets.[132]

At the 2024 Miami Open he defeated Dominik Koepfer to reach the quarterfinals and recorded his 350th career win becoming only the fourth man born in the 1990s or later to reach that milestone, after Dimitrov, Zverev and Raonic.[133]

As the defending champion at the Italian Open he recorded his 100th Masters win over Jack Draper to reach the third round.[134]

Rivalries edit

Stefanos Tsitsipas edit

Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas have faced each other 13 times since 2018, with Medvedev leading the rivalry, 9–4. Medvedev won his first five matches against Tsitsipas, but Tsitsipas has won four of their last seven.[135]

Alexander Zverev edit

Medvedev and Zverev have faced each other 19 times with Medvedev leading the rivalry 12–7. Zverev won the first four matches of their rivalry, but Medvedev won eleven of the last thirteen of their encounters.[136]

Nadal and Djokovic edit

Of his six major finals, Medvedev has twice faced Rafael Nadal (at the 2019 US Open and 2022 Australian Open) and thrice faced Novak Djokovic (at 2021 Australian Open, 2021 US Open, and 2023 US Open). His lone victory in major finals came at the 2021 US Open, where he defeated Djokovic in straight sets to win his first major title and deny Djokovic the Grand Slam. The following year, at the 2022 Australian Open, he was aiming to become the first man in the Open Era to win his second major title directly after the first, but lost to Nadal in an epic five-set match despite being two sets up.

Overall, Medvedev's head-to-head against the two all-time greats is 1–5 against Nadal, and 5–10 against Djokovic.

Playing style and mentality edit

Medvedev is a counterpuncher. Standing at 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) tall, he has a very powerful first serve capable of reaching 148 mph (232 km/h). He hits long, flat groundstrokes, often wearing opponents down with lengthy baseline rallies. Medvedev's biggest weapon is his ability to play consistently. He has not thrived on power and spin but has been able to land the ball between the lines over and over again.[137]

Medvedev is also known for his strong return of serve. He tends to adopt a very deep position at the back of the court which allows him to hit full-swing groundstrokes rather than blocking the serve back into play.[138] He also possesses one of the best backhands on tour. His forehand is generally the weaker shot of the two. He is known for his very defensive play. Medvedev is a moderately strong competitor mentally, evident in his attitude on the court, playing style, and demeanor in big matches.[137] According to Francisca Dauzet, the performance coach he has been working with since 2018, he has "monstrous mental potential" and is learning to control his impatience. He has at times been "unable to channel his outbursts", but Dauzet describes him as a quick learner who is "fast at catching things".[139]

Medvedev's preferred surface is hardcourt and he has been one of the very best and most consistent players on the surface since he first broke through to the top 10 in 2019. He struggles much more on clay due to his extremely flat strokes and the fact that his movement, one of his biggest strengths on a hardcourt, is hampered. He has still achieved solid results on the surface.

With his playing style, Novak Djokovic has described Medvedev as a very complete player and in October 2019 Alexander Zverev called him the best player in the world. 2019 ATP Finals champion, Stefanos Tsitsipas, once described his way of playing as "very boring"; but later said "he just plays extremely smart and outplays you".[140][141][142][143]

Medvedev has sometimes had an antagonistic relationship with crowds. In the 2023 US Open Medvedev lashed out at the crowd, asking if they were stupid and asking them to shut up.[144]

Endorsements edit

Medvedev is endorsed by Lacoste for apparel and shoes, Tecnifibre for racquets, and Bovet for watches. He also has been employed as an ambassador by BMW, Tinkoff Bank, and HyperX for gaming accessories, mostly for the Russian-speaking world. He was previously endorsed by Lotto for apparel and shoes until 2019.[145][146] Since November 2021, he has been signed as a promoter of the Guojiao 1573 brand.[147]

Career statistics edit

Grand Slam singles performance timeline edit

(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W–L) win–loss record.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current through the 2024 Australian Open.

Tournament 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 SR W–L Win %
Australian Open A 1R 2R 4R 4R F F 3R F 0 / 8 27–8 77%
French Open A 1R 1R 1R 1R QF 4R 1R 0 / 7 7–7 50%
Wimbledon Q3 2R 3R 3R NH 4R A[a] SF 0 / 5 13–5 72%
US Open Q1 1R 3R F SF W 4R F 1 / 7 29–6 83%
Win–loss 0–0 1–4 5–4 11–4 8–3 20–3 12–3 13–4 6–1 1 / 27 76–26 75%

Grand Slam tournament finals edit

Finals: 6 (1 title, 5 runners-ups) edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 2019 US Open Hard   Rafael Nadal 5–7, 3–6, 7–5, 6–4, 4–6
Loss 2021 Australian Open Hard   Novak Djokovic 5–7, 2–6, 2–6
Win 2021 US Open Hard   Novak Djokovic 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
Loss 2022 Australian Open Hard   Rafael Nadal 6–2, 7–6(7–5), 4–6, 4–6, 5–7
Loss 2023 US Open Hard   Novak Djokovic 3–6, 6–7(5–7), 3–6
Loss 2024 Australian Open Hard   Jannik Sinner 6–3, 6–3, 4–6, 4–6, 3–6

Year-end championship finals edit

Singles 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up) edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 2020 ATP Finals, London Hard (i)   Dominic Thiem 4–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–4
Loss 2021 ATP Finals, Turin Hard (i)   Alexander Zverev 4–6, 4–6

Records edit

  • These records were attained in the Open Era.

Awards edit

External image
  Medvedev's parents, Sergey and Olga in 2019, receive the Russian Cup[152]

Notes edit

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