|Full name||Daniil Sergeyevich Medvedev|
|Native name||? ?|
|Residence||Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|Born||11 February 1996|
|Height||1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Prize money||US$19,793,705 |
|Career record||206-96 (68.2% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 2 (15 March 2021)|
|Current ranking||No. 2 (10 May 2021)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||F (2021)|
|French Open||QF (2021)|
|US Open||W (2021)|
|Tour Finals||W (2020)|
|Olympic Games||QF (2020)|
|Career record||13-20 (39.4% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 170 (19 August 2019)|
|Current ranking||No. 285 (13 September 2021)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|French Open||1R (2017)|
|US Open||2R (2017)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Olympic Games||1R (2020)|
|Last updated on: 13 September 2021.|
Daniil Sergeyevich Medvedev (Russian: ? ? ; born 11 February 1996) is a Russian professional tennis player. He is currently ranked by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) as world No. 2, which is his career-high singles ranking first achieved on 15 March 2021. He has won thirteen ATP Tour singles titles, including the 2021 US Open and the 2020 ATP Finals. With the latter win, Medvedev became the first and only player to defeat the top 3 ranked players in the world en route to the year-end championship title. Medvedev was also the runner-up at the 2019 US Open and the 2021 Australian Open.
Medvedev made his ATP main draw debut at the doubles event of the 2015 Kremlin Cup. In 2016, Medvedev won his first singles match at the 2016 Ricoh Open. In the next year, he participated in a Major for the first time at Wimbledon, where he defeated world No. 3 Stan Wawrinka. In 2018, Medvedev won his first ATP titles at Sydney and Winston-Salem, and his first ATP 500 title in Tokyo. He achieved a breakthrough in 2019, making his top 10 debut at Wimbledon and reaching six consecutive tournament finals, including the US Open final. Medvedev is one of only two active players outside of the Big Four with four Masters 1000 titles (the other one being Alexander Zverev).
Daniil Sergeyevich Medvedev was born in Moscow to Sergey Medvedev and Olga Medvedeva. Daniil's father, a computer engineer, developed his own civil engineering in the 1980s. Medvedev has two older sisters named Julia and Elena, 12 and 8 years his senior, respectively. When he was 6 years old, his mother noticed an advertisement for group tennis lessons at the pool where he was taking swimming lessons. His father encouraged him to enroll. Medvedev's first tennis teacher was Ekaterina Kryuchkova, a former coach of professional tennis player Vera Zvonareva among others. Daniil's other childhood activities besides sport included harpsichord and guitar lessons.
Medvedev studied physics and math at a specialized school before graduating early and enrolling in economics and commerce at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He later dropped out to focus on tennis. He then switched to the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth, and Tourism, where he received his diploma as coach. With his family he moved to Antibes, France where he trained at the tennis academy. His parents have been living in France since then, as retirees. As a result of living mostly overseas after turning 18, Medvedev can speak French and English fluently, besides his native Russian.
Medvedev married his girlfriend Daria, the Moscow State University graduate in Moscow on 12 September 2018. In September 2019, he credited his marriage for the improvement of his tennis results: "Before I made a proposal, I had been on the 65th place in the ranking, and then in ten months I've won two major tournaments and entered the top 10. We have significantly rebuilt our life, we work for each other. I earn [money], and Dasha helps me to earn more". Daria also works as his assistant, e.g., she helps to prolong travel visas which is not easy with a Russian passport. When he won the US Open on 12 September 2021, his first Grand Slam singles title, Medvedev joked, referring to the final being on the same day as his wedding anniversary, "If I lose, I have no time to find a present. So I have to win this match."
Medvedev made his ATP main draw debut at the 2015 Kremlin Cup, partnering Aslan Karatsev in the doubles event. The two defeated Aliaksandr Bury and Denis Istomin in the first round but were defeated by Radu Albot and Franti?ek ?ermák in the second round.
As a qualifier, Medvedev made his ATP singles main draw debut at the 2016 Nice Open, losing to Guido Pella in three sets. Three weeks later he earned his first singles ATP World Tour win at the 2016 Ricoh Open, defeating Horacio Zeballos in straight sets.
Medvedev was disqualified from the second round of the Savannah Challenger event (in Georgia, U.S.) for comments he made after the umpire ruled in favor of his opponent. Medvedev thought he had won a break point against his opponent Donald Young's serve, but chair umpire Sandy French ruled that his returning shot had gone out. After that, Medvedev said Young and French were friends. As both parties are black, he was disqualified mid-match for allegedly 'question[ing] the impartiality of the umpire based on her race'.
In January 2017, Medvedev reached his first ATP singles final. In the final at the Chennai Open he lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in two sets. As a result, Medvedev jumped 34 positions from 99 to 65 in the ATP rankings, a new career-high. In February, he continued his good form when advancing to the quarterfinals of both the Open Sud de France and the Open 13, losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille respectively.
In June, he made it to the quarterfinals of the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships, defeating the 6th seed, Robin Haase, and Thanasi Kokkinakis before losing to Ivo Karlovi? in straight sets. At the Aegon Championships, he advanced to his first ATP 500 quarterfinal by beating Nicolas Mahut and Kokkinakis in the first two rounds, before losing to the No. 6 seed, Grigor Dimitrov, in the quarterfinals. One week later, he kept up his good form on grass by advancing to the semifinal of Eastbourne International, losing to Novak Djokovic.
Medvedev registered his maiden Grand Slam match win at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, defeating fifth seed and world No. 3, Stan Wawrinka, in the first round in four sets. He lost in the next round to Ruben Bemelmans. Medvedev was handed three fines totaling $14,500 (£11,200) for his conduct during the match with Bemelmans: $7,000 for insulting the umpire on two occasions and $7,500 for throwing coins under the umpire's chair.
Medvedev started the 2018 season by qualifying for the Sydney International. He reached the final which he won against Australian Alex de Minaur. The final was the youngest ATP Tour tournament final since 2007, when a 20-year-old Rafael Nadal defeated a 19-year-old Novak Djokovic in the final of Indian Wells. It also was the tournament's youngest final since 1989.
In October, Medvedev won his first ATP 500 and third career ATP title in Tokyo as a qualifier, overcoming Japanese star and No. 3 seeded, Kei Nishikori, in straight sets in the final. This triumph brought him to a new career high ranking of No. 22 and made him the No. 1 player in Russia. The victory also marked the third consecutive final that Medvedev had beaten the home favorite in to win the title. Medvedev continued his strong form by reaching the Kremlin Cup semifinal, losing to his countryman and eventual champion Karen Khachanov. One week later, he made the semifinals at the ATP 500 Swiss Indoors event, which he lost to Roger Federer. After the tournament, he achieved a new career high ranking of world No. 16.
Medvedev finished 2018 with the most hard court match wins of any player on the ATP Tour (38 wins). He also had the most titles on hard court tournaments (3 titles), tying with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Karen Khachanov.
Medvedev started the 2019 season strongly by reaching the final of the Brisbane International. He defeated three former top five players on the way to the final, Andy Murray, Milos Raonic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, where he lost to Kei Nishikori. At the 2019 Australian Open, Medvedev was seeded 15th, the first time he was seeded in a Grand Slam event. He reached the round of 16 for the first time in his career where he was defeated by eventual champion Novak Djokovic in four sets. In February, Medvedev won his fourth ATP title at the Sofia Open beating Márton Fucsovics in the final in straight sets. The following week, Medvedev lost in the semifinals of the ATP 500 tournament in Rotterdam against Gaël Monfils.
Medvedev entered the 2019 Monte Carlo Masters having only won two of his first 13 career matches on clay courts. Despite this, Medvedev reached his first ever Masters 1000 quarterfinal at the tournament after defeating world no.8, Stefanos Tsitsipas, in the third round. In the quarterfinals, Medvedev earned his first triumph over a world number 1 ranked player, when he defeated Djokovic in three sets. His run ended in the semifinals against Du?an Lajovi? in straight sets. The following week at the Barcelona Open, Medvedev earned his third successive top 10 victory (this time over Nishikori) to reach his first ATP Tour final on clay. In the final, Medvedev was defeated by world no. 5, Dominic Thiem, in straight sets.
Following his victory over Nishikori, Medvedev experienced a five match losing streak, including an opening round defeat at the French Open. He returned to form on the grass courts of Queen's Club, reaching his sixth semifinal of the season where he lost to Gilles Simon. Medvedev made his top 10 debut after reaching the third round of Wimbledon.
The North American hard-court swing proved to be another turning point in Medevdev's career, as he reached four tournament finals (in Washington, Montreal, Cincinnati and New York City), becoming only the third man in tennis history to do so (after Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi). Medvedev started the swing by reaching the final of the Citi Open, where he was defeated by Nick Kyrgios. He followed this up with a strong performance at the Rogers Cup, reaching his first Masters final after beating top 10 players, Dominic Thiem and Karen Khachanov. In the final, he was defeated by defending champion and top seed Rafael Nadal. Medvedev would reach a second consecutive Masters final at the 2019 Western & Southern Open after beating defending champion Djokovic for the second time. In the final, he defeated David Goffin in straight sets for his first Masters title.
Medvedev entered the US Open as the world number 5 and one of the leading contenders to end the dominant streak of Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer at Grand Slam tournaments. In his second round match, Medvedev fought off cramping to defeat his opponent Hugo Dellien in four sets. He then defeated Feliciano López in a contentious match for which Medvedev was fined $5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct and $4,000 for a visible obscenity. He then recovered from a set and a break deficit to beat qualifier Dominik Köpfer and reach his first Major quarterfinal. In the quarterfinals, he beat former champion Stan Wawrinka in four sets to become the first player representing Russia to reach the semifinals of a Major since Mikhail Youzhny at the 2010 US Open (Youzhny had also defeated Wawrinka in the quarterfinals). Additionally, the victory earned Medvedev a place at the ATP Finals. He became the first Russian man to qualify for the Finals as a non-alternate player since 2009, when Nikolay Davydenko won the title. Medvedev reached his first Grand Slam final after beating former No. 3, Grigor Dimitrov, in the semifinals in straight sets. In the final, Medvedev was defeated by Rafael Nadal in five sets.
Medvedev followed up his success in North America with his maiden title on Russian soil at the St. Petersburg Open by defeating Borna ?ori? in the final to become the first Russian native to win the tournament in 15 years. Medvedev then won a second consecutive title at the Shanghai Masters, defeating Alexander Zverev in final. By reaching the final, Medvedev became the 7th male player since 2000 to reach nine or more ATP tournament finals in a season. Medvedev's form cooled off after electing to have a two-week break following his Shanghai victory, withdrawing from scheduled events in Moscow and Vienna. He ended the season losing his last four matches including all three round robin matches in his ATP Finals debut.
Medvedev opened season at the inaugural edition of the ATP Cup as Russia's top ranked singles player. He led his nation to the semifinals, where they were eliminated by the Serbian team and Medvedev suffered his only singles defeat of the event against World No. 2 Novak Djokovic. At the Australian Open, Medvedev was eliminated in the fourth round by former champion Stan Wawrinka in five sets. During the February indoor season, Medvedev suffered early defeats in Rotterdam and Marseille.
When the season resumed in August after a six-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Medvedev was unable to defend his title at Cincinnati Masters, losing to Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarterfinals. As the 3rd seed in the US Open, Medvedev reached the semifinals without dropping a set before losing to eventual champion Dominic Thiem.
At the French Open, Medvedev exited the tournament in the first round for the fourth consecutive year, this time losing against Márton Fucsovics. His struggles with form continued into the beginning of the October indoor season, failing to string together more than two consecutive match wins through ATP 500 tournaments in St. Petersburg Open and Vienna. Medvedev then ended his run of lackluster form at the Paris Masters by winning the title. This marked both his first title and his first top ten victories (by beating Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals and Alexander Zverev in the final) since the 2019 Shanghai Masters.
Medvedev qualified for the ATP Finals for the second consecutive year, and went on to become the undefeated champion. Medvedev won all his matches in the round-robin stage in straight sets, beating Alexander Zverev, Novak Djokovic and Diego Schwartzman. Medvedev fought back to defeat Rafael Nadal in three sets in the semifinals (Nadal served for the match up 5-4 in the second set), before beating Dominic Thiem in the final, once again coming from a set down. With the victory, he became the first player to have defeated the world's top three players in any ATP Finals competition, and only the fourth player (after Djokovic, Boris Becker, and David Nalbandian) to have done so in any tournament since the inception of the ATP Tour in 1990.
At the second edition of the ATP Cup in February, Medvedev led Team Russia to the title, going 4-0 in singles. This included 3 top ten victories (over Diego Schwartzman, Alexander Zverev, and Matteo Berrettini) extending his win streak over top 10 opponents to ten wins, and his overall win streak to fourteen.
Following his ATP cup triumph, Medvedev reached his second Grand Slam final at the Australian Open after straight sets victories over Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively. In the final, he was defeated by eight-time champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets, thus ending his 20 match winning streak and his 12 match winning streak against top 10 opponents.
Medvedev won his first title of the season at the Open 13 in Marseille, defeating Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the final in three sets. Following the tournament, Medvedev ascended to world number 2 in the ATP Rankings. In doing so, he became the first player outside of men's tennis' "Big Four" to occupy a position in the top 2 since Lleyton Hewitt in July 2005.
On 13 April, Medvedev tested positive for the coronavirus and was forced to withdraw from the 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters. Medvedev achieved his best result to date at the French Open by reaching the quarterfinal, losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets.
In preparation for Wimbledon, Medvedev took a wildcard to play in the Mallorca Championships where he won his first career grass-court title. Seeded 2nd at Wimbledon Medvedev reached the fourth round for the first time in his career after beating 2017 finalist Marin Cilic in five sets. This marked the first time in the Open Era (since 1968) that three Russians (Medvedev, 5th seed Andrey Rublev and 25th seed Karen Khachanov) have advanced to the last 16 at the All England Club since 2006 when Elena Dementieva, Anastasia Myskina and Maria Sharapova made their run. Medvedev failed to reach the quarterfinals after losing to Hubert Hurkacz in a match interrupted by rain delays.
Medvedev entered the men's singles and the men's doubles events at the 2020 Summer Olympics, representing the Russian Olympic Committee. In the doubles, Medvedev and partner Aslan Karatsev were defeated in the first round by the Slovak pairing of Filip Polá?ek and Luká? Klein. In the singles, Medevdev saw straight sets victories against Kazakh Alexander Bublik and Indian Sumit Nagal, and a three-set win against Italian Fabio Fognini to reach the quarterfinals. His third round win was notable due to the comments he made towards chair umpire Carlos Ramos, complaining about the hot, humid conditions in Tokyo out of concern for his health, as well as responding in anger at a question posed by a reporter in his post-match press conference regarding Russia's doping scandal, and subsequent Olympic ban - refusing to answer the reporter's question and asking for them to be removed. In the quarterfinal, Medvedev was ousted by Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta.
To start the North American hardcourt season, Medvedev competed in the Canadian Open as the top seed. In the quarterfinals, Medvedev avenged his Wimbledon defeat by beating Hurkacz in three sets despite being two points away from losing the match in the second set tiebreak. Medvedev subsequently won the title by defeating Reilly Opelka in the final in straight sets. The following week, Medvedev competed at the Cincinnati Masters, reaching the semifinals where he was defeated by compatriot Andrey Rublev in three sets. Medvedev appeared to be in control of the match, leading by a set, when he collided with a baseline camera which resulted in Medvedev taking a medical timeout to treat his left hand.
At the US Open, Medvedev defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the final to win his first major title, at the same time becoming the first Russian man to win this tournament since Marat Safin won the 2000 US Open. He dropped only one set in the entire tournament (in the quarterfinals to Botic van de Zandschulp). The final received immense attention, as Djokovic was vying to become only the second man in the Open Era to achieve a calendar-year Grand Slam. Had Djokovic won the title, he would have also surpassed Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the greatest number of Grand Slam men's singles titles held (20).
Medvedev is a 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) tall baseliner. He possesses superior lateral movement, quickness and lung capacity for a player his height, enabling him to excel from the back court. His game is centred on long baseline rallies due to his long, flat groundstrokes , which enable him to occasionally attack off an eventual short ball from his opponent.
His best shot from the baseline is his backhand, which he hits with depth, pace and precision, and he is able to redirect this shot down the line. He is an above-average defender for his height, and is able to handle pace with his deep court positioning and quickness from left to right. These attributes, along with his great defensive skills, enable him to neutralize aggressive play and powerful shots from his opponents by way of his redirection of pace; even hitting winners from indefensible positions.[better source needed] His forehand has an unorthodox motion; it has a proper racket head lag, but a quick slapping motion and follow through. This allows him to generate easy pace off that shot. He also possesses a powerful serve, winning him many free points. His first serve is typically flat and up to around 140 mph while his second serves are kickers or sliced out wide, though he is capable of serving flat second serves as well, at speeds up to 138 mph.
Medvedev is known for his strong return of serve. He adopts an extremely deep return position which allows him to hit full-swing groundstrokes rather than blocking the serve back into play.
Some points of struggle for Medvedev have been his relative issues with generating quick and easy offense from the baseline and mid-court. Since he lacks a weapon to finish points effectively, he is susceptible to struggles against players who are dynamic and varied on offense. Furthermore, prior to the US Open 2019 final, he was critiqued for his lack of mid-court and net game; this was an area of steep improvement in that final where he serve-and-volleyed and attacked short mid-court balls effectively.
He is also a mentally strong competitor, and this is evident in his attitude on the court, playing style, and demeanor in big matches. However, he is prone to losing heart and becoming irascible when performing poorly or making errors, resulting in a loss of self-confidence and further mistakes. He is known for having a quick temper since childhood. To cope with his temper he has worked with sports psychologists and placed them in his player's box for matches.
With his playing style, Novak Djokovic has described Medvedev as a "very complete" player and the former world's No. 3 Alexander Zverev called him "the best player in the world right now" in October 2019. 2019 ATP Finals champion, Stefanos Tsitsipas, once described his way of playing as "very boring," however later said, "he just plays extremely smart and outplays you."
Current through the 2021 US Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||1R||2R||4R||4R||F||0 / 5||13-5||72%|
|French Open||A||1R||1R||1R||1R||QF||0 / 5||4-5||44%|
|Wimbledon||Q3||2R||3R||3R||NH||4R||0 / 4||8-4||67%|
|US Open||Q1||1R||3R||F||SF||W||1 / 5||20-4||83%|
|ATP Finals||DNQ||RR||W||1 / 2||5-3||63%|
|Loss||2019||US Open||Hard||Rafael Nadal||5-7, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, 4-6|
|Loss||2021||Australian Open||Hard||Novak Djokovic||5-7, 2-6, 2-6|
|Win||2021||US Open||Hard||Novak Djokovic||6-4, 6-4, 6-4|
|Win||2020||ATP Finals, London||Hard (i)||Dominic Thiem||4-6, 7-6(7-2), 6-4|
|Time span||Record accomplished||Players matched|
|2019||4 consecutive finals of the North American swing/US Open Series||Ivan Lendl|
|2020||Defeated the world #1, 2, and 3 to win an ATP Tour singles title||Boris Becker|
|2020||Defeated the world #1, 2, and 3 to win the ATP Finals||Stands alone|
|2021||Tallest Grand Slam champion (6'6"; 2021 US Open)||Juan Martín del Potro|