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The Russian Daniil Medvedev belongs to the absolute top in tennis. © Eduardo Verdugo / dpa

Daniil Medvedev has reached the top of the tennis world. Everything you need to know about the Russian tennis player.

Moscow – Daniil Medvedev is one of the best tennis players in the world. In 2022, he defeated the German tennis ace Alexander Zverev, King of Clay Rafael Nadal and record player Novak Djokovic and made himself comfortable in first place on the ATP world rankings. Medvedev has already collected a total of thirteen titles in his short tennis career. And there will probably be some more, because the best tennis years are still ahead of the 26-year-old Russian.

Daniil Medvedev: tennis start and first top 100 placement

Daniel Sergeyevich Medvedev was born on February 11, 1996 in Moscow. He grew up in a family with two older sisters in the Russian capital. He took his first tennis lessons at the age of six. From an early age, he was taught by professional coach Ekaterina Kryuchkova, who had already coached Russian Grand Slam winner Vera Svonarjowa. As a teenager, Medvedev left Russia to attend a training camp in Nice, where he still trains in his coach Gilles Cervara’s camp.

At the age of 18, the native of Moscow participated in several junior tournaments, including the Junior Grand Slam series. In the period between 2014 and 2015, Medvedev played the Australian Open, French Open and US Open as well as the Wimbledon Championships, but did not advance beyond the third round of any competition. He won eight titles in singles on the ITF Junior Tour and reached his highest position in 13th place.

Daniil Sergeyevich Medvedev
February 11, 1996 in Moscow, Russia
198 cm, 83 kg
Right, two-handed backhand
234: 102

In 2015, Medvedev switched to professional sports, where he originally participated in the beginner tournaments of the Future Tour. There he left the field as the winner of four competitions. On the ATP World Tour, he started for the first time in Moscow in the doubles competition with Aslan Karazew. Medvedev has already won a couple of small doubles tournaments in previous years. In Moscow, however, Medvedev and his teammate were knocked out in the quarterfinals. He lost his ATP debut in singles at the tournament in Nice. But the first match victory did not wait: Medvedev won the first round of the Ricoh Open 2016. He has already reached the main round of other tournaments and was at the end of 2016 in the top 100 in the world rankings for the first time with a 99th place.

Daniil Medvedev: First ATP tournament win and Masters title

His winning streak began rolling in 2017, beginning with reaching the ATP final in Chennai. He clearly lost the final in straight sets. Shortly afterwards, Medvedev was on the tennis court for the first time in the Davis Cup and made his debut for his home country Russia. In the Grand Slam series, he was initially unsuccessful – in none of the four competitions, apart from the Wimbledon Championships, could Medvedev win a match. Nevertheless, he improved his world ranking compared to the year before to a 65th place and consolidated his position in the top 100 in the world.

Daniil Medvedev at the final of Sydney International 2018.
Daniil Medvedev at the final of Sydney International 2018. (Stock Photo) © Uk Sports Pics Ltd / Imago Images

In the following season, Medvedev made a rocket launch. When he made his season debut in 2018, he advanced to his second ATP final at the Sydney Tournament, which he won and earned his first career title. The 22-year-old Russian even reached the third round of several Grand Slam competitions. In Winston-Salem, Medvedev won the second ATP title. In Tokyo, he ended the season with his third title. At the tournaments in Moscow and Basel, he advanced to the semifinals. His good performances were rewarded with a jump in the top twenty in the world. Muscovite finished the 2018 tennis season in 16th place.

Daniil Medvedev wins the Grand Slam title in New York and conquers the top of the world

In 2019, Medvedev was already considered an established tennis player. The Russian tennis talent even exceeded his expectations when he reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament at the Australian Open for the first time. In Monte Carlo, he reached the semifinals for the first time in a competition at the ATP Tour Masters. He received his first master’s degree the same year in Cincinnati. After a sensational tournament at the US Open, Medvedev had to admit defeat to tennis legend Rafael Nadal in the final. However, the tournament success secured him fourth place in the world rankings.

At the ATP final at the end of the 2020 season, Medvedev was able to prove his abilities against tennis greats like Alexander Zverev, Novak Djokovic and Nadal, whom he all beat. 2021 started well for the Russian tennis ace. After winning the ATP Cup, he reached the final of the Australian Open. Medvedev had won 20 games in a row during the season, and with the exception of Roger Federer, who was inactive at the time, he had beaten all top 10 players at least once.

However, the final in Melbourne clearly went to the Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic. Revenge followed at the US Open in New York. In men’s singles, Medvedev and Djokovic met again in the final. The Serb had previously won all tournaments in the Grand Slam series and was about to win the Grand Slam. Medvedev defeated Djokovic in three sets and achieved the greatest success to date in his career.

Daniil Medvedev after his US Open triumph.
Daniil Medvedev after his US Open triumph. (Archive image) © Shutterstock / Imago Images

Medvedev started the 2022 season again with a place in the final of the Australian Open, where he lost to Rafael Nadal after a 2-0 lead. Following Djokovic’s defeat in Dubai, Medvedev was number one on the world rankings for almost three weeks, until Djokovic was able to regain his favorite position in March 2022.

Daniil Medvedev: All titles and achievements (from March 21, 2022)

12 titles
1 title
4 titles
1 title
6 titles

Daniil Medvedev: Personal and private life

Daniil Medvedev has been married to his wife Daria Chernyshkova since September 12, 2018. According to the tennis professional, marriage was an important building block for his successful career. “Before I proposed to her, I was ranked number 65 in the world. Then I played two big tournaments in ten months and got into the top ten. We built our lives on each other. I deserve [das Geld] and Dasha helps me earn even more. “(Andreas Apetz)

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