Daniil Medvedev admits to not being the world’s best player currently and discusses childhood dream

The entire Big-3 dynamic took a new turn when Novak Djokovic won Wimbledon after defeating Matteo Berrettini in the finals, as the Serb equalled Federer and Nadal’s slam tally of 20 victories.

Daniil Medvedev pulled off a miracle by upsetting Djokovic in straight sets in the final of the US Open, just when the Serb was anticipated to capture his 21st grand slam trophy.

Now, the Russian has a chance to dethrone Djokovic as World No. 1, and Indian Wells is the ideal venue to do so. In the absence of the Serb, Medvedev has the ability to outshine his peers and claim the crown.

Medvedev has advanced to the pre-quarterfinals after overcoming Mackenzie McDonald and Filip Krajinovic in straight sets, as expected.

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Daniil Medvedev. Source: ubitennis.net

Medvedev praises Novak Djokovic

When asked about the likelihood of becoming World No. 1, the Russian says it has been a childhood dream of his.

“Since I was six I dreamed about being number one. But he (Djokovic) is the real No. 1 this year. He won three Grand Slams.

“That is the reality. It is one of my goals. I just need to win a hell of a lot of matches and Grand Slams,” the Russian said, according to reports on Yahoo Sports.

Even at the post-match press conference in New York, Medvedev lauded the Serb, saying that he believes he is the greatest of all time.

However, winning Indian Wells will not be enough for Medvedev, who will also have to defend his championship points from the Paris Masters and the ATP World Tour Finals from last year.

At the BNP Paribas Open, the Russian faces a difficult road to victory. In the pre-quarters, he’ll face Grigor Dimitrov, and if he advances to the quarters, he’ll face Hubert Hurkacz or Aslan Karatsev.

Hurkacz stunned Medvedev in the fourth round of Wimbledon this year, but the latter avenged himself by winning the Toronto Masters last eight.

If the Russian defeats Hurkacz or Karatsev in the quarterfinals. He will most likely meet Andrey Rublev in the semifinals, which promises to be a thrilling match.

The most likely finals to face Medvedev are Stefanos Tsitsipas or Alexander Zverev.

It’s clear that Medvedev will have to beat out all of his contemporaries to win his first Indian Wells title. At the same time challenge Djokovic for the year-end No. 1 spot.

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