Closes the books of his Grand Slam season with a fourth-round elimination Nick Kyrgios at Flushing Meadows on Sunday night, Daniel Medvedev had to regret missed opportunities at this year’s majors… and the end of his tenure as world No. 1.
Medvedev’s 7-6(11), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 loss to the Australian showman means he will relinquish his spot in the Pepperstone ATP No. 1 rankings after the US Open after spending 17 weeks in this position throughout the year. With just one run past the fourth round at this year’s Slams (a second-place finish at the Australian Open), the 26-year-old said he will be motivated to perform harder in the majors in 2023 and hopefully reclaim world No. 1 before the end of the year.
In his post-match press conference, the defending champion said he was “disappointed” and knows he needs to do better to return to world No. 1 and become a multiple Grand Slam winner.
“It wasn’t the first thing I thought about after the game: ‘Damn, I’m not going to be world No. 1 anymore,'” Medvedev said.
“I don’t really know where I’m going to be. Probably three or four. I think Carlos (Alcaraz) will overtake me. I dont know. But that’s motivation, try to do better. Obviously it was the last slam of the year. Didn’t work out well enough. I didn’t win in Australia when I had the chance. Didn’t get a chance to play Wimbledon. Roland GarrosShe lost the fourth round. Fourth round here. Yes, should do better. Should get more points if I want to be world No. 1 again.”
Kyrgios extends his ATP Head2Head lead to 4-1 against Medvedev, including a narrow win at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Montreal, Canada three weeks ago. Medvedev admitted the Aussie was clearly the better player on Sunday night, comparing the Australian’s level to similar ones Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
“He played pretty well in Montreal too. Yes, it was a high level match. [I’ve] played Novak, Rafa. They all play fantastic. I think Nick played at her level today,” said Medvedev.
“He’s got a little different game because he’s not like a grinder in a way. At the same time he can collect himself. He’s difficult to play. He has an amazing serve. But from the baseline it’s not like you know you have an advantage at the point start. he plays well He has every shot. It was a really high level match, I mean from him. If he plays that way to the end of the tournament, he has every chance of winning it.”
What a run.
Despite firing 22 aces, the defending champion lacked consistency on his first delivery and made 59% of his first serves. The 14-time Tour took a different approach on the return than Montreal, standing much closer (especially early in the first set) to make it harder for Kyrgios to exploit him with serve and volley. It continued throughout the game Arthur Ashe At the stadium, Medvedev retreated further behind the baseline, which gave him more time to react to Kyrgios’ heavy serve.
“That was a bit of my plan not to serve him and let volley,” Medvedev said. “At one point I felt like maybe I was a little bit too close so I went a little bit further where I still didn’t think he could really serve and volley but I could have had just a little bit a little more time to return. In general I feel like taking the match the return wasn’t that bad. I should have served a little better, which isn’t easy sometimes, played a little better from the baseline, not easy again, he played well.”
Medvedev, who won his first Grand Slam title US Open In 2021, he leaves New York with a 23-5 record in the final Slam of the season and is 37-13 in 2022.