Daniil Medvedev (2)


-25 years old

-World number two

-Defending 1200 points

Intro and last year

Daniil Medvedev began his best year to date at the 2021 Australian Open, as the fourth seed he made the final, defeating Rublev and Tsitsipas along the way. The final was fairly one sided, with Djokovic winning in three sets, but Medvedev learned from their battle. He returns as the number two seed and world number two, with a grand slam victory under his belt. Medvedev is a hot favourite to win it this year.

Daniil Medvedev with his runners up plate after the Men’s Singles Final of the 2021 Australian Open – Tennis Australia/ SCOTT BARBOUR

History at the event

Prior to last year’s final, Medvedev had only managed a fourth round run twice before in 2020 and 2019. He’s played the Australian Open five times.

Daniil Medvedev in the Men’s Singles Final of the 2021 Australian Open – Tennis Australia/ NATASHA MORELLO

Medvedev’s AO record is 13-5, giving him a 72% win rate.

Last season

Medvedev’s 2021 season moved him up from world number four to world number two.

He began by winning the ATP Cup with Russia, hot off the heels of winning the 2020 ATP Finals. 

He made a personal best at all four grand slams. The AO final, a quarterfinal at Roland Garros and a fourth round at Wimbledon, followed by victory at the US Open.

Medvedev after winning the US Open

His Olympic run yielded a quarterfinal result for Russia.

Besides the US Open he won three other singles titles: In Mallorca and Marseille, and he also won the Canada Masters.

He won a team triple at the ATP Cup, Laver Cup and Davis Cup.

Build up and form

Medvedev once again began his season at the ATP Cup, he lost to Frenchman Ugo Humbert, but won doubles versus France.

Against Australia Medvedev beat De Minaur, and won the doubles match.

The last team they played in their group was Italy, Medvedev beat Berettini and won the doubles against italy. 

Daniil Medvedev at the 2020 ATP Cup – Tennis Australia/ Mark Peterson

Russia qualified for the semifinals, where Medevev beat Felix Auger-Aliassime, but lost the doubles against Canada, and Russia lost the tie.


Medvedev has form and he’s the second best player in the world. He has phenomenal defence and experience in grand slam finals, having made three now. He’s got confidence, mental strength and skill.

Medvedev at the 2021 Davis Cup


He lost to Zverev at their last meeting, and now comes in with many predicting his victory, no longer as an outside chance, which could build pressure. He may also end up playing Ugo Humbert early, so there’s a chance for an upset.


Medvedev will be expecting victory for himself, and he’s very likely to make the final. It’s just a question of if Zverev has caught up to his level.

Daniil Medvedev with Nitto ATP Masters Trophy in London 2020 – Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd/Alamy News Live

Best possible: W

Expected: F

Worst possible: QF

US Open final – Medvedev v Djokovic

Potential route to victory (predicted by seeding):

R1 – Laaksonen

R2 – Kyrgios

R3 – Humbert (29)

R4 – Schwartzman (13)

QF – Rublev (5)

SF – Tsitsipas (2)

F – Djokovic (1)


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