“It will probably be Rafa,” Daniil Medvedev believes Rafael Nadal will replace him as world No. 1 by the end of the year » FirstSportz

Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal
Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal

Daniel Medvedev is currently ranked world No. 1 on the men’s tour, holding the ranking for almost 11 weeks overall. He recently inherited Novak Djokovic’s first-place finish after Wimbledon, despite not being able to play in the tournament this year. Due to the ATP’s decision, all points from last year were axed, which meant Djokovic lost 2000 points from the previous year despite winning the tournament and slipped massively down the rankings.

As a result, Medvedev became the new world No. 1 and currently holds a respectable 800-point lead over No. 2 Alexander Zverev, who is himself sidelined with an ankle injury. He is almost 1500 points ahead of third-placed Rafael Nadal and everyone else is well behind Medvedev.

But despite a sizeable lead, it looks very unlikely that Medvedev will end the year as world no. The Russian has plenty of points to defend over the next three months, including the 2000 points from his US Open triumph last year. He will also be defending points from his Cincinnati Masters title and semifinals from a few more Masters tournaments.

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“I can keep it for quite a long time if I play well,” says Daniil Medvedev about his position in 1st place

Daniel Medvedev
Daniel Medvedev

He is currently scheduled to begin his North American hard court swing in Los Cabos this week. Ahead of the tournament, he spoke of keeping a constant eye on the rankings and admitted that Rafael Nadal has the best chance of ending the year as world no.

“Of course I’m watching [the battle for No. 1] little bit,” Medvedev to ATPTour.com. “Also depends on the moment because I know that if I don’t try to win every remaining tournament it will probably be Rafa at the end of the year [Nadal] to the [year-end No. 1]. But at the same time, if I play well here, I can still feel it for quite a long time [North American hard-court swing].”

To keep his No. 1 spot, Medvedev needs to win almost every tournament he plays and he’s well aware of that. “I know the most important thing is trying to win tournaments, trying to win those points. Then you can keep number 1 in the world.” he said.

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