“Any result other than the final is a failure.” How Medvedev avoids failure at the end of the season
A difficult period begins for Daniil Medvedev . Each week becomes a challenge, because until the end of the season, he must defend just an insane amount of rating points. How can our tennis player avoid failure?
The American series of hard tournaments continues. Almost all Olympians have pulled up to the Masters in Toronto. Only a few heroes of the decisive matches of the Games in Tokyo are missing – Novak Djokovic , Alexander Zverev and Pablo Carreno-Busta . But the silver medalist Karen Khachanov is already playing with might and main. Together with the Olympic champion in mixed doubles Andrei Rublev, he won the opening doubles match. Preparing for the start of the tournament is 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal and Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas , who have swapped places in the ATP rankings this Monday. Recall that Nadal left the top 3 for the first time since 2017.
Russian Daniil Medvedev is now facing an unprecedented challenge in his career . The 2nd number of the world classification must now defend almost the maximum possible points every week, which he earned at the end of the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The fact is that already from the Masters in Cincinnati, the ATP tour is gradually returning to the old scoring system. The previous result (from 2019 or 2020) will burn out completely (the first Drop Date is August 23), and only those points that he earns in 2021 will be added to the player’s rating. And the Masters in Toronto is practically the last for Daniel when he can significantly add something to his rating.
In Toronto, 50% of the best points scored by Medvedev for the Canadian Masters -2019 have burned out yet. Then he reached the final and scored 600 points. Now he has 300 left, but the Russian, starting from reaching the semifinals-2021, can add more points to himself. The maximum is 700 if he wins the title. But it will be difficult to add anything further to the rating. The fact is that in 2019-2020, Daniel rushed like a whirlwind through the tournaments, either reaching the final or winning the title. And if he does not show the results of the same level, he will begin to plummet in the ranking. After all, he needs to protect before the end of the season 6040 points out of 9920, which he has now.
If everything does not turn out very well, then Daniel risks rolling back to the end of the top 10 in the coming months. The Russian understands all this very well, as he said before the start of the Masters in Toronto: “I am the seed leader, so any result, except for the final, is a failure. I want to show great tennis. I know it’s hard to beat me on hard when I play well. I want to win the title. I know that on hard I can beat the strongest and win big tournaments. On the other hand, now everyone is playing good tennis, so anyone can beat anyone. Everything is very unpredictable. Every week you meet with someone who wants to beat the second racket of the world. “
In Toronto, the 1st seed Daniil Medvedev will have a difficult time. He starts the tournament with the second round, where he must face the winner of the Evans – Bublik pair. The first seeded he could go to Italian Yannick Sinner (16), who just won the title in Washington and became the youngest champion of the ATP-500 tournament since the inception of the series (in 2009). In the quarter-finals, Daniel can get Australian Alex de Minor (12) or Pole Hubert Hurkach (7), in the semi-finals – Russian Andrey Rublev (4), Canadian Denis Shapovalov (5), French Gael Monfils (11) or Chilean Kristjan Garin (13). The other half of the grid is worth highlightingRafael Nadal (2), Stefanos Tsitsipas (3), Kasper Ruud (6), as well as Russians Aslan Karatsev (15) and Karen Khachanov .