With his sport in tremendous kind and a slew of previous champions sidelined with accidents, Daniil Medvedev mentioned he’s feeling assured as he prepares to attempt to win his first main title on the upcoming US Open.
The world quantity two, who fell to Rafa Nadal in an epic 5 set ultimate at Flushing Meadows in 2019, is assured to not undergo the identical destiny this 12 months after the Spaniard mentioned he would sit out to deal with therapeutic a nagging foot damage.
In addition to Nadal, previous champions Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem and Juan Martin Del Potro will even be lacking in motion in New York.
“I’m going to try to do my best. If I manage to keep the level I’m playing at right now, I have good chances to go far,” Medvedev instructed reporters.
But the big-serving Russian mentioned he is aware of something can occur on the game’s largest levels.
“One day you might feel not so good,” mentioned Medvedev, who complained concerning the stifling warmth on the Tokyo Olympics earlier than falling within the quarter-finals. “You’re going to get an opponent who is going to play the best match of his life.”
And though these different titans of the sport are out of the image, essentially the most harmful participant in all of tennis, world primary Novak Djokovic, can be particularly motivated.
The Serb heads to New York seeking to full a calendar Grand Slam and earn a record-breaking 21st males’s Grand Slam title.
“Definitely Novak is going to be the highest contender,” Medvedev mentioned.
“He’s winning almost all the Grand Slams right now. He won already 20. He has experience. He has a level. I’m not gonna lie. So he’s the man under pressure, but I think he likes it. Some guys under pressure can crack. That’s not Novak. So he’s definitely the main contender,” he mentioned, noting that in the event that they do meet will probably be within the ultimate since they are going to be on reverse sides of the draw.
“When I play good in New York, I can get good results, and of course, yeah, I want to win it,” he mentioned.
The US Open runs from August 30 to September 12.