Keeping his form in good shape and keeping many past champions out of injury, Daniel Medvedev said he was feeling confident as he prepared to try to win his first major title at the upcoming US Open.
The world number two, who fell to Rafa Nadal in the epic five-set final at Flushing Meadows in 2019, is guaranteed not to face the same fate this year when Spaniard said he would heal a foot injury. Will sit outside to focus on.
In addition to Nadal, former champions Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Theme and Juan Martin del Potro will also be missing in action in New York.
“I’m going to do my best. If I maintain the level I’m playing now, I have a good chance of going very far,” Medvedev told reporters.
But the Russian, who has done great service, said he knew anything could happen on the biggest stages of the game.
“One day you won’t feel so good,” said Medvedev, who complained about the heat at the Tokyo Olympics before reaching the quarterfinals. “You’re going to find an opponent who is going to play the best match of his life.”
And although the other Titans in the game are out of the picture, the most dangerous player of all tennis, world number one Novak Djokovic, will be particularly excited.
The Serb is heading to New York to complete a calendar Grand Slam and win the record-breaking 21st men’s Grand Slam title.
“Certainly Novak is going to be the biggest contender,” Medvedev said.
“He’s winning almost all Grand Slams right now. He’s already won 20. He has experience. He has a degree. I won’t lie. So he’s a man under pressure, but I think He likes it. Under pressure, some people can break it.
“When I play well in New York, I can get good results, and of course, yes, I want to win it,” he said.
The US Open will run from August 30 to September 12.