Daniil Medvedev wins US Open to deny Novak Djokovic calendar Grand Slam
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Daniil Medvedev’s coach has backed the player to push on after his victory over Novak Djokovic at the US Open and take top spot in the world rankings from him. The Russian denied the 20-time Grand Slam winner a historic Calendar Slam by beating him in the New York final, and avenged his defeat by the Serb at the Australian Open earlier this year.
The next step for Medvedev, according to his coach Gilles Cervara, is to unseat Djokovic from the world number one spot.
Other than for a two-month spell at the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020, the Serb has topped the men’s singles rankings since November 2018.
He holds the record for the most total weeks at the top, having been the best-ranked male tennis player on the planet for a total of 338 weeks in his career.
Shifting him from his throne would be no mean feat, but it’s a task Cervara says Medvedev is up to.
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Speaking about the prospect of reaching number one and winning more Grand Slam titles, the Russian’s coach said: “It’s a package, they are legitimate objectives.
“But above all, I tell myself that it involves work and improving many things on a daily basis. The team has already started to think: ‘Yes, he wins a Grand Slam, but we can see a lot of things to improve’.
“These things represent the concrete aspects to be deployed with a view to a potential future great result. To be number one and win other majors, you have to achieve concrete things, at work, every day.
“We will do them. After that, if it goes well, we’ll say ‘hey, we’ve won.'”
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Cervara also backed Medvedev to continue rivalling tennis’s ‘big three’ of Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for titles in the twilight of their respective careers.
The trio is ageing, meaning it will soon be time for a new generation of tennis stars to take over the mantle.
Medvedev is one of those tipped to be regularly pushing for major titles, along with the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev.
While Cervara admitted his athlete’s US Open success was “huge”, he insisted the team is “always focused on performance” and looking ahead to the future.
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“It’s a way of life, of thinking, which means that I will always be drawn to the idea of doing better, and therefore of winning the next tournament,” he continued.
“To make this possible, I have to set up workouts to be even stronger and respond to more situations, to win even more.”
As for 2022, Medvedev’s coach believes he has a chance to add more Grand Slam titles to his maiden major victory.
“Roland Garros, I say no. Wimbledon, I say yes,” Cervara said, clearly backing the Russian’s ability on grass but doubting his chances of being victorious on the French clay courts.
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