The main favorites of the final tennis tournament, which is taking place these days in Turin, Russian Daniil Medvedev and Serb Novak Djokovic, reached the semifinals ahead of schedule. Now they can only meet in the final. But the results of the tournament will not affect the final alignment in the world rankings, where the Russian is still only the second racket in the world, and the Serbian athlete is the first. Will Medvedev be able to bypass Djokovic and become the best tennis player in the world next season? Vladimir Osipov, a sports commentator for Kommersant FM, was sorted out.
While the gap in points between the first and second racket of the world is huge. Novak Djokovic, who occupies the first line of the rating, is ahead of Daniil Medvedev by about 3.5 thousand points.
For comparison, the German with Russian roots, Alexander Zverev, who occupies the third line, is approximately 1,000 points behind Daniil Medvedev.
A Russian, in order to bypass the Serb, must spend some unrealistic season, because Novak Djokovic is still progressing, Merited Coach of Russia, tennis expert Boris Sobkin told Kommersant FM: “On the one hand, Daniil Medvedev is adding literally before our eyes. On the other hand, Novak Djokovic is also moving forward.
Its main distinguishing feature is constant progress. Therefore, Djokovic is a great athlete. These tennis players, of course, have become close in class, but the question of whether the Russian will bypass him is still open to me. ”
The achievements of the Serbian tennis player are really impressive. Novak Djokovic finished the season at the top of the rankings for the seventh time – this is an absolute record. In addition, he won 20 Grand Slam tournaments in his career. So far, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have the same.
It is likely that Novak Djokovic will break this record next season. But, no matter how good the Serb is on the court, he is still 34 years old, and Daniil Medvedev is 25 years old. In this case, time is exactly on the side of the Russian.
Although, according to the President of the Russian Tennis Federation Shamil Tapishchev, it will not be long to wait, Daniil Medvedev may bypass Novak Djokovic in the ranking as early as 2022.
Moreover, the Russian tennis player has every chance to enter the cohort of great players, the TV presenter, writer Vladimir Pozner, who follows the career of Daniil Medvedev, is sure: “At the moment, I would not call him a great tennis player, it’s too early for that. But if he plays like that, he will undoubtedly become a very big athlete. ”
Daniil Medvedev knows very well how to become the first number in the rating of the Association of Tennis Professionals: “To win the first line, you need to spend the season better than everyone else. Of course, it’s not so easy to win on helmets, but I will try to win. “
So far, Daniil Medvedev has only one victory at the Grand Slam tournaments. In 2021, the Russian won the US Open Tennis Championships, beating Novak Djokovic in the final. It is highly likely that this time in the final of the final tournament, the Russian and the Serb will play against each other.
The winner, by the way, will receive $ 2.3 million. So far, the first and second rackets of the world have secured their participation in the semifinals. Another Russian tennis player Andrei Rublev did not lose his chances to reach the semifinals, despite the defeat by Novak Djokovic. However, he is unlikely to be able to claim victory, and all the attention of fans and experts, of course, is riveted on Djokovic and Medvedev. The final of the final tournament is scheduled for November 21. Eurosport will broadcast live from Turin.