The Russian will top the ATP men’s rankings until the US Open closes at least
Daniil Medvedev reached his fourth final of 2022 at the Los Cabos Open on Friday and guaranteed he would remain the number one player in men’s tennis until at least the end of the next US Open.
Medvedev achieved those double feats by beating fourth seed Miomir Kecmanovic 7-6, 6-1 and set up a meeting with Wimbledon 2022 semi-finalist Cameron Norrie on Saturday night.
In his on-court interview after leaving Kecmanovic, Medvedev spoke of a “Very difficult match” and noted that the Serbian “started well” and played the first set at one “high level” after firing on all cylinders and taking a 4-1 lead before the Moscow native started to turn things around.
“[There were] so many difficult points, so many points where I felt like I was about to take the lead. The tie-break was great” Medvedev added.
It was at this point in the match that Medvedev tried to get the crowd going, which he also addressed.
“I’m not the kind of guy to ask [for the crowd to cheer] like that,” he admitted with a laugh. “I made a good point, so I thought, ‘This one was good, let’s try to pump it up a bit. “”
Eventually emerging victorious thanks to a much more dominant second set, Medvedev improved to 2-0 one-on-one against Kecmanovic but also gave himself a chance to stop an unwelcome losing streak in the final this year.
Reaching his fourth in 2022 which will be played in the early hours of Sunday morning in Europe and Russia, Medvedev has lost a trio so far but will hold on to his world number one spot until the end of the US Open. , no matter how he fairs against Norrie.
While Norrie is the defending champion in Los Cabos, Medvedev can similarly boast of the Flushing Meadows Grand Slam where he beat Novak Djokovic in the final last year to claim his first major title.
Djokovic dominated Norrie in the last four at SW19, then won a seventh Wimbledon final against Nick Kyrgios in a competition Medvedev was barred from due to the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) ban. ) Russian athletes.
However, while the tournament was stripped of ranking points for banning by the ATP and WTA Men’s and Women’s Tours, Medvedev managed to retain the top spot thanks to this development and his good form on grass in smaller tournaments.
Although Medvedev can compete in the US Open and defend his crown despite his nationality, Djokovic seems to miss out due to his vaccination position.
Instead, the Russian then has to look over his shoulder at number two Alexander Zverev and number three Rafael Nadal, who beat Medvedev in the Australian Open final.
In recent months, however, both men have suffered serious injuries which forced them to withdraw from the semi-finals of a Grand Slam.
While Zverev was unable to continue at Roland Garros in a final encounter with Nadal before the Spaniard secured a 14th Roland Garros title, Nadal then had to withdraw from a booked semi-final against Kyrgios and appears to be on the verge of retirement after trailing Djokovic by two in all-time Grand Slam triumphs on 22.
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