On Sunday night Daniil Medvedev became the eighth player since the beginning of the century to win his first Grand Slam title at the US Open.
It was a case of No.1 for Daniil or No.21 for Novak. If anyone was going to spoil the party it would be Daniil. His tennis is unorthodox but rewarding, he gets under your skin and is an absolute delight to watch.
The run from Russian was near on perfect dropping one set en-route to his first Grand Slam title, it felt like a matter of time before he was going to win a major and he did it in style.
Year on year he has gotten better and better and taken his game to the next level, people have said he may not have the most exciting game but it is riveting and addictive. When I watch Daniil play my focus is completely on his game, his resilience and his defensive skills and attacking prowess is one of the best in the world.
Out of the 128 people in the draw this was the guy you didn’t really want to face, he’s in good form and has played soo well on the hard courts over the last couple of years.
Daniil’s path has been super impressive. He went from 84 in the world to top ten in just over a year and has continued to climb in the top ten since breaking through in July 2019. I hope he is at the top of mens tennis for years to come.
He’s won Masters 1000 titles, ATP Finals and now a Grand Slam since mid-2019, he’s a force on the hard courts and I would love to see him bring this on all surfaces.
He spoilt the Djokovic party, if anyone was going to do it then it was going to be Daniil. He has the personality and the belief. The odds could be up against him but he battles hard and his level doesn’t drop. The level against Djokovic was brutal, it was never ending and there just wasn’t a blip and to do that against at the man going for a record number of majors on the men’s tour when you’re playing for your first shows a lot about his character.