Daniil Medvedev entered the first Masters of the year from the No.1 ranking, and this will be the first tournament he will play after his rise to No.2 in the world rankings, which he said does not make him nervous, but instead gives him a boost.
“I’ve been there (at No.2) for a week already, it could maybe put an extra pressure on me, but no, instead I feel like it gives me more momentum. I want to play better and prove to myself that I deserve to be there, I want to play good tennis in Miami.”
In the absence of Novak Djokovic, Medvedev will not only be world No. 2 but also the No. 1 seed in a Masters 1000 tournament for the first time in his career.
“Definitely to be No.1 in a Masters 1000, especially the one in Miami, is very good and I want to enjoy the moment. I don’t feel the classic pressure, just the pressure that I like, that makes me win more matches in every tournament I play.
Since I was young, that’s always been with me, a positive competitive pressure. I don’t feel pressure from the outside because I know that if I play well I have a good chance of winning every tournament I play and that’s the most important thing.”
After his impressive 2019 season, where he scored 59 wins, Medvedev had a dynamic close in 2020, winning his final 10 matches of the year and winning the ATP Finals.
“It’s been a long time since everything changed for me. I became more mature as a player and in my life. I’ve worked a lot in training, I’ve improved my tennis and my physical condition a lot, and I’ve gotten stronger mentally. All these details count.”
In his Miami Masters premiere, Medvedev will face one of Sam Querrey and Yen-Hsun Lu.
“I’ve faced them and I’ve beaten them both. Especially Sam, he was on grass and after that tournament he had reached the semifinals of Wimbledon, so it was a big win for me at the time. Yen-hsun Lu is a very good player from the baseline. Sam is different, he has a big serve and a big forehand. I’ll see who wins and I’ll formulate my plan accordingly.”