Daniil Medvedev Ends Season on a High Note
Daniil Medvedev’s 2021 season concluded with a remarkable improvement compared to the previous year. The former World No. 1 left Turin 12 months ago empty-handed, suffering three heart-breaking third-set tie-break losses at the Nitto ATP Finals. However, this time around, he made a strong comeback, reaching the semi-finals after an impressive performance in the group stage. Medvedev’s outstanding year included 66 match wins and a record-breaking five titles.
“I’m happy. It was a great season,” expressed Medvedev, who will finish at No. 3 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. Reflecting on his journey, he acknowledged the ups and downs he faced. “The highlight was at the beginning of the season. I was proud of myself because I had dropped out of the Top 10 before Rotterdam. I was feeling terrible, awful. I couldn’t put the ball in the court.”
Fortunately, Medvedev’s fortunes turned around, and he experienced success with titles and finals. Looking ahead to the next season, he emphasized the need for continuous improvement to compete with rising stars like Sinner, Alcaraz, and Novak. “If you want to try to stay on top, you have to improve non-stop,” he added.
A Stellar Start and Surprising Victories
Medvedev kicked off the season with an impressive 19-match winning streak, securing titles in Rotterdam, Doha, and Dubai. He continued his remarkable run by reaching the final in Indian Wells and clinching his fifth ATP Masters 1000 title in Miami. Surprisingly, he also triumphed on clay, winning the title in Rome.
Despite a valiant effort, Medvedev couldn’t halt the momentum of the Italian rising star, Sinner, in the semi-finals. Sinner, who has won 17 of his past 18 matches, enjoyed tremendous support from the home crowd at the Pala Alpitour. Medvedev praised Sinner’s exceptional level of play, highlighting his precision, agility, and improved serve.
“I generally believe if he continues to perform at this level consistently, he will achieve Grand Slam victories and become the world No. 1. However, the journey is uncertain, and it depends on how often he can maintain this exceptional form,” Medvedev commented.
A Well-Deserved Break
After an intense season, Medvedev is now seeking a well-deserved break on a relaxing beach. He hinted at the possibility of a lighter January schedule than usual. “To be honest, I haven’t had a proper off-season vacation like some players. Last year, I had the Davis Cup, and the year before, we had a newborn baby, so I was immediately back to my duties,” he revealed.
This year, Medvedev plans to enjoy a vacation with his wife on the islands, a rare opportunity after several years. Although his wife may not be as fond of the destination due to limited activities, Medvedev finds it perfect for unwinding after a hectic season. He expressed his excitement, saying, “I love it (smiling).”
Looking ahead, Medvedev intends to participate only in the Australian Open, allowing himself more vacation and off-season time. This approach will provide him with a fresh start, beginning the year with a Grand Slam tournament, which will be a new experience for him.