"I have to learn from the best"
This rise to the summit has been building incrementally since 2018. The Russian started that campaign ranked No.65 and has since won 13 titles (including his 2021 US Open triumph) and reached four Grand Slam finals. Considering the pandemic interruptions and the calibre of his rivals, that is an immense rise to rule the roost.
The unorthodox but piercing striking has become so effective, Medvedev happy to disrupt the established order with a menacing smile, but also fierce competitive streak.
“I think the higher you climb the rankings, the further you want to go. I have been No.2 for quite a long time. I have been playing pretty well. Of course, I want to become No.1, win 25 slams, or something like this,” stated Medvedev at the Australian Open last month.
“If I manage to do big results, I can become No.1, especially of course with Novak losing his points here. But that's life. Sometimes somebody is injured, sometimes somebody lose. Well, he didn't manage to play here. That was a big story, but the result is this, and if I manage to become No.1, even with these circumstances, I think I should still have some credits.”