In a press conference, before the start of the US Open, Daniil Medvedev, world number 2, spoke about his ambitions in New York and his desire to deprive Novak Djokovic of a 21st Grand Slam title.
In New York, Daniil Medvedev dreams big. At 25 and after two finals lost in Grand Slam, the Russian would like to change the situation. “In 2019, I had never done better than a round of 16 at the Australian Open. My goal at the US Open was to make it to the quarterfinals. I was in good shape and felt capable of it. Winning will be the only way to do better than what I’ve already done and I want to do better. I played well in Toronto and Cincinnati, which offer the same conditions and the same balls. I want to continue to evolve at this level. When I play well, I know that I can cause problems for my opponents, that’s the most important. It’s a Grand Slam, there will necessarily be difficult matches. The more I advance in the table, the more difficult the opponents will be to beat. In any case, I will try to move forward in the table, but before a tournament, we can not really announce something ”, in particular confided the world number 2 in a press conference, in remarks taken up by L’Equipe.
Subsequently, the interested party spoke about Novak Djokovic, in search of a calendar Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows. “ I would love to make sure they all stay at 20 Grand Slam titles. I’ll do anything for that. But tennis is all about winning matches and Novak is very good at that. I’m sure he wants 45 Majors and he’ll play until he’s 55 for that. But we are here to raise our level and beat it, to prevent it from winning. While he was led a set to nothing, Zverev knew how to do it (during the Tokyo Olympics). He reached an incredible level and he beat it. This is what must be done against Novak. I repeat, we are here to prevent him from winning the US Open, later explained Medvedev. As far as I’m concerned, I want to win this tournament. I don’t care if I win the final against a qualifier or against Novak, I just want to win the tournament. But we know that Novak is one of the best players of all time. This is why he is the favorite of every tournament he plays and why he is a formidable opponent. “