Daniil Medvedev wants to return to the top of the world rankings | Tennis News



Daniil Medvedev, determined not to be remembered for his short-lived stay at world number one, said he was aiming for a return to the top with a stellar performance at Roland Garros.
Second-ranked Medvedev claimed top spot in late February but was passed by Novak Djokovic two weeks later. The Russian can rise to the top again if he reaches the final at Roland Garros.
“I definitely want to be there for more than two weeks. I want to try to do that,” Medvedev said after his straight-sets win over Miomir Kecmanovic on Saturday to reach the fourth round in Paris.
“It’s not something that puts pressure on me, because I’m really happy to have succeeded. I remember Indian Wells. I lost, I didn’t like my match against Gaël (Monfils ). That’s when I knew I was going to lose the No. 1 spot.”
The 26-year-old joked that he researched the players who had spent the least amount of time at number one and found he was in good company.
“I went on the internet and looked up, like this on Google, who were the smallest like No. 1 players in the world, and the first one I saw Pat Rafter being there for a week, and that’s an absolute legend, and Carlos Moya was out there somewhere,” Medvedev said.
“It’s something no one can take away from me. Few players could handle it playing tennis. It’s a big motivation to try and get back there.”
Medvedev, who will face Marin Cilic on Monday, will miss Wimbledon after Russian and Belarusian players were banned from the grass-court major following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, for which Belarus has been a key staging area.


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