US Open champion Daniil Medvedev won’t bother to calculate the odds of catching Novak Djokovic for the No. 1 ranking after thrashing the Serb in straight sets in New York.
The newest Grand Slam champion whose 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 Sunday knockout kept Djokovic from a unicorn calendar-year Grand Slam sweep, will carry on as usual for the final third of the ATP season and not worry about the numbers.
The No. 2 Russian was not overly excited when informed he now trails Djokovic by a do-able 1,400 ranking points.
“I have Paris and the ATP Finals (Turin) to defend. I don’t think Novak has much to defend,” Medvedev said.
“Honestly (overtaking him) is almost impossible.”
The 25-year-old Monte Carlo neighbour of the Serb would just prefer to concentrate on the lethal tennis which cut Djokovic off at the knees in barely two hours at the Ashe stadium and left the top seed wiping away the tears.
“In the (season points) race I’m far behind Novak 6,380 points to 8,370, a gap of 1,990).
“If we talk about scheduling, what can I change? There is Indian Wells, there is Paris Bercy, Turin, and Vienna.
“Vienna is in the week of St. Petersburg. I’m definitely not going to play it, because I probably won’t play St. Pete also.
“Let’s hope I win Indian Wells, Bercy and Turin. It’s a tough challenge. I’m just happy to win a major.
“I’m going to do my best in every tournament I’m playing. It’s not my first goal (No. 1 ranking). But if I manage to do it one day, it’s great.”
Main photo:- US Open champion Daniil Medvedev and former champion Stan Smith inspect the trophy by Garrett Ellwood/USTA