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Daniil Sergeyevich Medvedev (Russian: Дании́л Серге́евич Медве́дев, pronounced [dənʲɪˈiɫ mʲɪdˈvʲedʲɪf]; born 11 February 1996) is a Russian professional tennis player. Medvedev has a career-high ATP singles ranking of world No. 4, achieved on 9 September 2019. He has won five ATP singles titles, including a Masters 1000 title at the 2019 Cincinnati Masters. He has also reached one Grand Slam final at the 2019 US Open, where he was defeated by Rafael Nadal in five sets.

Daniil Medvedev
Даниил Медведев
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Full nameDaniil Sergeyevich Medvedev
Country (sports) Russia
ResidenceMonte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 (age 23)[1]
Moscow, Russia
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Turned pro2014
PlaysRight-handed (two handed-backhand)
CoachGilles Cervara
Prize moneyUS$7,968,073 [2]
Singles
Career record122–72 (62.9% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 4 (9 September 2019)
Current rankingNo. 4 (9 September 2019)[3]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2019)
French Open1R (2017, 2018, 2019)
Wimbledon3R (2018, 2019)
US OpenF (2019)
Doubles
Career record10–15 (40.0% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 170 (19 August 2019)
Current rankingNo. 170 (19 August 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open1R (2017)
US Open2R (2017)
Team competitions
Davis Cup3–3
Last updated on: 6 September 2019.

CareerEdit

2015–2016: Early pro careerEdit

Medvedev made his ATP main draw debut at the 2015 Kremlin Cup, partnering Aslan Karatsev in the doubles event.

 
Medvedev at the 2015 Nice Open

As a qualifier, Medvedev made his ATP singles main draw debut at the 2016 Nice Open, lost 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.

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.[4] 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. Medvedev said Young and French, who are both African-Americans, were friends. He was disqualified mid-match for 'question[ing] the impartiality of the umpire based on her race'.[5]

2017: First ATP final and maiden Grand Slam match winEdit

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 continued his good form when advancing to the quarterfinals of both the Open Sud de France and the Open 13, losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille respectively.

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. In the Aegon Championships, he advanced to his first ATP 500 quarterfinal by beating Nicolas Mahut and Thanasi Kokkinakis in the first two rounds, then he lost to the No. 6 seed Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals. One week later, he kept up his good form on grass by advancing to the semifinal of Eastbourne International before losing to Novak Djokovic.

Medvedev would register 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. This result was notable as it prevented Wawrinka from completing his career Grand Slam set (i.e. winning each of the four Grand Slam tournaments).[6] He subsequently lost in the next round to Ruben Bemelmans.[7] Medvedev was handed three fines totalling $14,500 (£11,200) for his conduct during the match with Bemelmans; Medvedev was fined a total of $7,000 for insulting the umpire on two occasions and a further $7,500 for throwing coins under the umpire's chair.[8]

2018: First ATP titlesEdit

Medvedev started the 2018 season by qualifying for the Sydney International. He reached the final which he won against 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.[9]

Medvedev later reached the quarterfinals of the Rotterdam Open, losing to Andreas Seppi in three sets.

In August, Medvedev won his second ATP title at the 2018 Winston-Salem Open after defeating home favorite Steve Johnson in straight sets. After losing to Borna Ćorić in the third round of the US Open, Medvedev went on to win his first ATP 500 and third ATP title in Tokyo as a qualifier, overcoming Japanese star and No. 3 seeded Kei Nishikori 6–2, 6–4 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.

In October, he continued his good form, reaching the 2018 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.

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.[10]

2019: BreakthroughEdit

Medvedev started the 2019 season strongly by reaching the final of the Brisbane International. He defeated three former top five players on the way to the final, Andy Murray, Milos Raonic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, where he lost to Kei Nishikori.[11] At the Australian Open, Medvedev was seeded for the first time in a Grand Slam event. He reached the round of 16 for the first time in his career where he was defeated by eventual champion Novak Djokovic in four sets.[12] In February, Medvedev won his fourth ATP title at the Sofia Open beating Márton Fucsovics in the final in straight sets.[13] The following week, Medvedev lost in the semifinals of the ATP 500 tournament in Rotterdam against Gaël Monfils.

Medvedev entered the 2019 Monte Carlo Masters having only won two of his first 13 career matches on clay courts. Despite this, Medvedev reached his first ever Masters 1000 quarterfinal at the tournament after defeating world number 8 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round.[14] In the quarterfinals, Medvedev earned his first triumph over a current world number 1 ranked player, when he defeated Djokovic in three sets.[15] His run ended in the semifinals against Dušan Lajović in straight sets.[16] The following week at the Barcelona Open, Medvedev earned his third successive top 10 victory (this time over Nishikori) to reach his first ATP Tour final on clay.[17] In the final, Medvedev was defeated by world number 5 Dominic Thiem in straight sets.[18]

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 hard-court swing proved to be another turning point in Medevdev's career, as he reached four tournament finals (in Washington, Montreal, Cincinnati and New York City), becoming only the third man in tennis history to do so (after Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi).[19] Medvedev started the swing by reaching the final of the Citi Open, where he was defeated by Nick Kyrgios. 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 and top seed Rafael Nadal. Medvedev would reach a second consecutive Masters final at the 2019 Western & Southern Open after beating defending champion Djokovic for the second time. In the final, he defeated David Goffin in straight sets for his first Masters title.[20]

Medvedev entered the 2019 US Open as the world number 5 and one of the leading contenders to end the dominant streak of Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer at Grand Slam tournaments.[21] In his second round match, Medvedev fought off cramping to defeat his opponent Hugo Dellien in four sets.[22] He then defeated Feliciano López in a contentious match for which Medvedev was fined $5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct and $4,000 for a visible obscenity.[23][24] He then recovered from a set and a break deficit to beat qualifier Dominik Köpfer and reach his first Major quarterfinal.[25] In the quarterfinals, he beat former champion Stan Wawrinka in four sets to become the first player representing Russia to reach the semifinals of a Major since Mikhail Youzhny at the 2010 US Open (Youzhny also defeated Wawrinka in the quarterfinals).[26] Additionally, the victory earned Medvedev a place at the ATP Finals.[27] He became the first Russian man to qualify for the Finals as a non-alternate player since 2009, when Nikolay Davydenko won the title.[28] Medvedev reached his first Grand Slam final after beating former No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals in straight sets.[29] In the final, Medvedev was defeated by Nadal in five sets. [30]

Playing styleEdit

Medvedev is a counterpuncher who uses off-speed shots to disturb his opponents’ rhythm.

He has very consistent groundstrokes on both wings which he hits low and flat, unlike many other young players who opt for more topspin.

He is exceptionally quick around the court given his 6’6” frame. His speed as well as his fighting spirit mean that he frequently extends rallies by chasing down almost unreturnable balls.

He has been lauded for being a tactical expert - often changing up the pace of his game and overall playstyle to confound opponents. This was demonstrated by his surprise use of serve-and-volley in the 2019 US Open final.

He has also been celebrated for having mental fortitude in tough situations. He often takes risks where others would not, like serving aces on his second serve.

He has been compared to Jimmy Connors and countryman Nikolay Davydenko.

Personal lifeEdit

Medvedev studied applied economics and commerce at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, but he dropped out to focus on tennis. With his family he moved to Antibes, France where he trains at the tennis academy.[31]

Medvedev married his girlfriend in Moscow on 12 September 2018.[32][33]

Career statisticsEdit

Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
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 2019 US Open.

Tournament 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 2R 4R 0 / 3 4–3
French Open A 1R 1R 1R 0 / 3 0–3
Wimbledon Q3 2R 3R 3R 0 / 3 5–3
US Open Q1 1R 3R F 0 / 3 8–3
Win–loss 0–0 1–4 5–4 11–4 0 / 12 17–12
Year-end ranking 99 65 16

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 2019 US Open Hard   Rafael Nadal 5–7, 3–6, 7–5, 6–4, 4–6

RecordsEdit

Open Era recordsEdit

Time span Record accomplished Players matched
Significant records
2019 4 consecutive finals of the North American swing/US Open Series Ivan Lendl
Andre Agassi[19]

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ ATP Rankings
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  26. ^ Российские теннисисты не играли полуфиналах ТБШ с US Open 2010
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  28. ^ Медведев – первый россиянин за 10 лет, пробившийся на Итоговый турнир ATP
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  32. ^ Daniil Medvedev (12 September 2018). [Российский теннисист Д. Медведев опубликовал фото со своей свадьбы "Российский теннисист Д. Медведев опубликовал фото со своей свадьбы"] Check |url= value (help) [Russian tennis player D. Medvedev published a picture of his wedding] (in Russian). Retrieved 2019-09-02.
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