World No 1, champion, Cervara, Russia: 18 questions about Daniil Medvedev – updated ahead of 2022 US Open
2021 US Open champion Daniil Medvedev is one of only 27 men to have been ranked No 1 in the world. Here is everything you need to know about the Russian
Who is Daniil Medvedev?
Daniil Medvedev is a professional tennis player from Russia. As of August 2022, he has won 14 singles titles, most recently in Los Cabos, beating defending champion Cameron Norrie in the final.
He will arrive in New York for the US Open as the defending champion there, having beaten Novak Djokovic in last year’s final.
Did Daniil Medvedev play at Wimbledon in 2022?
No. The All England Club and Lawn Tennis Association announced in April that Russian and Belarusian players will not be permitted to compete at Wimbledon or in any tournaments in the United Kingdom, based on the directional guidance provided by the UK government for sporting events.
“I’m not in ATP taking the decisions, I’m not in Wimbledon take the decisions,” he said at Roland-Garros. “Maybe it’s government pushing them, maybe it’s their decision. There a lot of mistakes behind this.
“So if I can play I’m going to be happy to play. I love Wimbledon as a tournament. I honestly tend to think I like playing on grass, though I didn’t have amazing results so far, but I managed to win one tournament.
“But if I cannot play, I’m gonna try to play next year’s and try to play good there.”
As it stands, Daniil Medvedev will be allowed to continue playing on the ATP Tour and other Grand Slam events, though he and other Russian/Belarusian players will not be allowed to compete under their national flag on the Tour. Russia and Belarus will also be banned from team competitions, including Davis Cup, until further notice.
What is Medvedev’s stance on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?
Daniil Medvedev said he is “all for peace”, pointing out how great it was that Andrey Rublev, the Russian player, and Denys Molchanov, a Ukrainian, had won the doubles title together in Marseille the previous week.
“Watching the news from home, waking up here in Mexico, was not easy,” Medvedev told reporters in Mexico, where he was playing in the ATP event. “By being a tennis player, I want to promote peace all over the world. We play in so many different countries; I’ve been in so many countries as a junior and as a pro. It’s just not easy to hear all this news. … I’m all for peace.”
What is Daniil Medvedev’s highest ranking?
Daniil Medvedev first became the world No 1 in men’s tennis on Monday February 28, 2022. The Russian learnt that he had achieved the milestone on February 24, 2022 when Novak Djokovic lost in the quarter-finals of the ATP 500 event in Dubai while Medvedev had advanced to the quarters of the ATP 500 in Acapulco.
His reign lasted just two weeks, but he regained top spot on June 13, 2022, starting a third week as world No 1. Medvedev is the 27th player to become world No 1 in men’s tennis since the ATP rankings were introduced in August 1973.
Did Medvedev have hernia surgery in 2022?
Yes. He underwent hernia surgery in early April and said he would be off the circuit for a month or two. He returned in Geneva in May and then reached the last 16 at the French Open. He then made the final of his first grass-court event in the Netherlands but lost to wildcard Tim van Rijthoven.
What did Daniil Medvedev do at the US Open in 2021?
Daniil Medvedev won his first Grand Slam title when he won the 2021 US Open, beating world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the final, stopping him from completing the coveted calendar-year Grand Slam. The Russian dropped just one set all tournament and is the first Russian man to win a major since Marat Safin won the Australian Open in 2005.
What happened to Daniil Medvedev at the 2022 Australian Open?
The Russian reached the final and led by two sets, only to lose to Rafael Nadal in five hours and 24 minutes. He was bidding to become the first ATP player to ever win his second Grand Slam title at the very next Grand Slam after winning his first. Medvedev falls to 1-3 lifetime in major finals with the defeat.
What is Daniil Medvedev’s nationality?
Daniil Medvedev is Russian. He was born on February 11, 1996, in Moscow, Russia.
Who are Medvedev’s parents?
Daniil Medvedev is the son of Sergey Medvedev and Olga Medvedeva. His little sister is named Elena.
What does Medvedev mean in Russian?
Medvedev is a family name originating from the Russian word “medved”, which stands for “bear”. Many Eastern Europe personalities are named Medvedev, such as former Russian president Dmitri Medvedev.
What are Medvedev’s best moments as a player?
Medvedev’s greatest moment came at the US Open in 2021 when he won his first Grand Slam title, beating Novak Djokovic in the final. He has also reached two other Slam finals; at the US Open final in 2019, where he pushed Rafael Nadal to five sets, and at the Australian Open in 2021, when he was beaten in straight sets by Djokovic.
In London in 2020, Medvedev became the first player in Nitto ATP Finals history to defeat the Top 3 ATP players by ranking at the same Nitto ATP Finals, and just the fourth player to do it in ATP history (since 1990).
Medvedev has won 13 ATP Tour titles in his career, including four in 2021.
Has Medvedev ever won the Davis Cup?
Yes. Medvedev led the Russian Tennis Federation team to glory in the Davis Cup in 2021, winning all his matches in the group stages and knockout phase, including the final.
What happened to Medvedev in Monte-Carlo in 2021?
The Russian was seeded No 2 at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in 2021, but ended up having to pull out of the event after he tested positive for Covid-19 before his first match. He had reached the semi-finals in his last appearance, in 2019.
What was his nickname in UTS4?
Medvedev, who made his debut in UTS4 in May 2021, was nicknamed “The Chessmaster”, thanks to his love of chess and his technical prowess on the court. The Russian headlined the eight-man field for UTS4, which was held May 24, 25 at the Mouratoglou Academy on the French Riviera.
Where does Daniil Medvedev train?
Medvedev and his family settled in Antibes, France when he was 18. He joined the Elite Tennis Center run by Jean-René Lisnard (ex-world No.84), in Cannes. Medvedev then moved to Monte-Carlo in 2017. Several of his fellow players live in Monaco, including Novak Djokovic, Zverev, Milos Raonic, Gäel Monfils and Grigor Dimitrov. Medvedev speaks Russian, French and English.
Currently, Medvedev trains at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, founded by Patrick Mouratoglou, in France when he is not competing on the tour and that serves as his training base.
Who is Medvedev’s coach?
Gilles Cervara has been Medvedev’s full-time coach since September 2017. Cervara is the Elite Tennis Center co-founder, along with Lisnard. Cervara was a sparring partner for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Thomas Enqvist, Marat Safin and Justine Henin. Cervara was named ATP Coach of the Year by his peers in 2019 after Medvedev’s breakout season (four titles including two Masters 1000s, as well as finishing as the US Open runner-up, year-end world No.5). His fitness trainer is Eric Hernandez, who also works in the Elite Tennis Center.
Is Daniil Medvedev related to Andreï Medvedev?
Daniil Medvedev has no family ties with Andreï Medvedev. Andrei Medvedev was a Ukrainian tennis player who was on the Tour during the 1990s. He won 11 titles, including four Masters 1000 events. Medvedev also reached the 1999 French Open final, which he lost against Andre Agassi after blowing a two-set lead. He was the champion at the Roland-Garros junior event in 1991. His highest ATP ranking was No 4 in 1994.
Who is Daniil Medvedev’s wife?
Medvedev married Daria in September 2018 after living with her for four years. A former top 100 junior tennis player, Daria studied journalism.
“Daria is my main support. I cannot say anything without her. She showed me the beauty of life, which I had never seen before. Life is beautiful! I would like to live all my life with her. She is much more confident than me. She showed me how to handle life.”
He also added some nice words about the influence of his wife after his defeat by Novak Djokovic in the final of the Paris Masters in 2021.
“She helps me a lot. She knows I support her in many ways. So we enjoy being with each other, we enjoy living with each other, we love each other, and that helps me on the tennis court. It’s as easy as that. She will not teach me to play forehand or backhand but she’s going to give me some mental strength and mental stability to be a better tennis player.”
Which racquet does Medvedev play with?
Medvedev plays with the Tecnifibre ATP TFight 305 XTC racquet, like Jeremy Chardy. The Russian’s clothing sponsor is Lacoste, with whom he signed a deal in 2019. His previous sponsor was Lotto. He wears Nike shoes.
What is his net worth?
As of August 2022, Medvedev has earned around $24.2 million in prize money from tournaments.