World number three Russia’s Daniil Medvedev believes there is not much difference among some of the top players in the men’s singles category on the tennis court.
The 27-year-old season finally came to an end on Saturday as he suffered a defeat to Italy’s Jannik Sinner in the semifinal of the ATP Finals in Turin with a score of 6-3, 6-7, 6-1.
Medvedev was later quoted in a report where he stated how there is not much difference amongst the top players in the men’s single category including the likes of world number one Novak Djokovic, Spani’s Carlos Alcaraz, Sinner, Denmark’s Holger Rune and himself.
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“Jannik, Holger & Carlos at this moment are at the top,” he said. “For sure Ben Shelton, Arthur Fils, guys like this, they can also come there. I think because they're at the top, there is not much difference between me, even Novak, & them.
“The difference is that Novak has won 24 Grand Slams. When they play one on one, as we saw, he can lose. So there is not much different. If I compare to myself, the difference is I started playing top tennis maybe at 23. I think it was 2019.
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“They started doing it at, like, 19. Pretty impressive. At 19 I was probably 600 in the world. That's impressive. That's also why I like my journey. I was not like them. I had to slowly, slowly dig my way up. Now I'm here & I'm really happy.”
Medvedev had a decent time at the highest level in 2023 where he played in the final and a semifinal of a Grand Slam. At Wimbledon, he lost to Alcaraz in the semifinal in straight sets with a score of 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Later at the US Open, he finished as the runner-up after losing to Djokovic in the final with a score of 6-3, 7-6, 6-3.