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Daniil Medvedev

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Full name: Daniil Sergeyevich Medvedev
Nickname: Bear
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Bio He is a Russian professional tennis player. His career-high singles ranking by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) is world No. 2, which he first achieved on March 15, 2021. He has won ten ATP Tour singles titles, including the 2020 ATP Finals where he defeated Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Dominic Thiem. With the win, Medvedev became the first and only player to defeat the top 3 ranked players in the world en route to the title. Medvedev was also the runner-up at the 2019 US Open and the 2021 Australian Open, where he lost to Nadal and Djokovic, respectively.

Medvedev made his ATP main draw debut at the doubles event of the 2015 Kremlin Cup. In 2016, Medvedev won his first singles match at the 2016 Ricoh Open in the Netherlands. In the next year, he participated in a Grand Slam for the first time at Wimbledon, where he defeated world No. 3, Stan Wawrinka, but lost in the next round. Medvedev would, in 2018, win his first ATP titles at Sydney and Winston-Salem, and his first ATP 500 title in Tokyo. He achieved a breakthrough in 2019, making his top 10 debut at Wimbledon and reaching six consecutive tournament finals, including a Grand Slam final. Medvedev is one of just two active players outside of the Big Four with three Masters 1000 titles, the other one being Alexander Zverev, against whom he earned two of these titles.

Medvedev is a defensive baseliner based on mirroring his opponent's play. His play style incorporates strong returns with as few mistakes as possible and making games unpredictable.

Medvedev made his ATP main draw debut at the 2015 Kremlin Cup, partnering Aslan Karatsev in the doubles event.
As a qualifier, Medvedev made his ATP singles main draw debut at the 2016 Nice Open, lost to Guido Pella in three sets. Three weeks later he earned his first singles ATP World Tour win at the 2016 Ricoh Open, defeating Horacio Zeballos in straight sets.
In January 2017, Medvedev reached his first ATP singles final. In the final at the Chennai Open he lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in two sets. As a result, Medvedev jumped 34 positions from 99 to 65 in the ATP rankings, a new career-high. In February, he continued his good form when advancing to the quarterfinals of both the Open Sud de France and the Open 13, losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille respectively.
In June, he made it to the quarterfinals of the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships, defeating the 6th seed, Robin Haase and Thanasi Kokkinakis before losing to Ivo Karlović in straight sets. In the Aegon Championships, he advanced to his first ATP 500 quarterfinal by beating Nicolas Mahut and Thanasi Kokkinakis in the first 2 rounds, then he lost to the No. 6 seed Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals. One week later, he kept up his good form on grass by advancing to the semifinal of Eastbourne International before losing to Novak Djokovic.
At Wimbledon he got his first Grand Slam victory by defeating 5th seed and world No. 3 Stan Wawrinka in the first round in four sets. This result was notable as it prevented Wawrinka from completing his career Grand Slam set (i.e. winning each of the four Grand Slam tournaments). He subsequently lost in the next round to Ruben Bemelmans. Medvedev was handed three fines totalling $14,500 (£11,200) for his conduct during the match with Bemelmans; Medvedev was fined a total of $7,000 for insulting the umpire on two occasions and a further $7,500 for throwing coins under the umpire's chair.
After Wimbledon, Medvedev was disqualified from the second round of the Savannah Challenger event (in Georgia, U.S.) for making a racist comment after the umpire ruled in favor of his opponent. Medvedev thought he had won a break point against his opponent Donald Young's serve, but chair umpire Sandy French ruled that his returning shot had gone out. Medvedev said Young and French, who are both African-Americans, were friends. He was disqualified mid-match for 'question[ing] the impartiality of the umpire based on her race'.
Medvedev started the 2018 season by qualifying for the Sydney International. He reached the final which he won against Alex de Minaur. The final became the "youngest" since 2007, when 20-year-old Rafael Nadal defeated 19-year-old Novak Djokovic in the final of Indian Wells. It also became the tournament's youngest since 1989.
Medvedev later reached the quarterfinals of the Rotterdam Open, losing to Andreas Seppi in three sets.
In August, he won his second ATP title at the 2018 Winston-Salem Open after defeating the home favorite Steve Johnson in straight sets. After losing to Borna Ćorić in the third round of the US Open, he went on to win his first ATP 500 and third ATP title in Tokyo as a qualifier, overcoming Japanese star and No. 3 seeded Kei Nishikori 6–2, 6–4 in the final match. This triumph brought him to a new career high ranking of No. 22 and made him become the No. 1 player in Russia.
In October, he continued his good form, reaching the 2018 Kremlin Cup semifinal, losing to his countryman and eventual champion Karen Khachanov. One week later, he made the ATP 500 2018 Swiss Indoors semifinals, which he lost to Roger Federer. He reached his highest ranking yet, at No. 16.
Medvedev finished 2018 with the most hard court match wins of any player on the ATP World Tour (38 wins). He also had the most titles on hard court tournaments (3 titles), tying with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Karen Khachanov.
Medvedev started the 2019 season well by reaching the final of the Brisbane International. He defeated Andy Murray, Milos Raonic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but lost the final to Kei Nishikori.
At the Australian Open, Medvedev was seeded 15th. He defeated qualifier Lloyd Harris, unseeded Ryan Harrison, and 21st seed David Goffin before losing to top seed Novak Djokovic in four sets in the fourth round.
Medvedev won his fourth ATP title at the Sofia Open beating Márton Fucsovics in the final in straight sets. The following week, Medvedev lost in the semifinals of the ATP 500 tournament in Rotterdam against Gaël Monfils.
Medvedev entered the 2019 Monte-Carlo Masters having only won two of his first 13 career matches on clay courts. Despite this, Medvedev reached his first ever Masters 1000 quarterfinal at the tournament after defeating world number 8 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round. This victory was his first against Tsitsipas on clay and extended his overall head-to-head record against the world No. 8 player to 4–0. In the quarterfinals, Medvedev earned his first triumph over a current world number 1 ranked player, when he defeated Djokovic in three sets. His run ended in the semifinals against Dušan Lajović in straight sets after squandering a 5–1 lead in the opening set. The following week at the Barcelona Open, Medvedev earned his third successive top 10 victory (this time over Nishikori) to reach his first ATP Tour final on clay. In the final, Medvedev was defeated by world number 5 Dominic Thiem in straight sets.
After the Barcelona Open, Medvedev experienced a five match losing streak. He returned to form on the grass courts of Queen's Club, reaching his sixth semifinal of the season where he lost to Gilles Simon. Medvedev made his top 10 debut after reaching the third round of Wimbledon.
Medvedev was the first player on the 2019 ATP Tour to reach both 10 and 20 match wins.
Medvedev started the North American summer hard-court swing by reaching the final of the ATP 500 tournament in Washington where he was defeated by Nick Kyrgios. The next week, he followed this up with a strong performance at the Rogers Cup. Seeded eighth, he defeated Kyle Edmund and Cristian Garín to reach the quarterfinals, where he defeated second seed Dominic Thiem in less than an hour. In the semifinals he defeated sixth seed Karen Khachanov to reach his first ever Masters final, where he was defeated by defending champion and top seed Rafael Nadal.
Medvedev would reach a second consecutive Masters final at the 2019 Western & Southern Open after beating defending champion Djokovic for the second time. In the final, he defeated David Goffin in straight sets for his first Masters title.

Medvedev entered the 2019 US Open as the world number 5, he was seeded eighth and was among the top ten seeds of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career. As well as he was one of the leading contenders to end the dominant streak of Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer at Grand Slam tournaments.
In his second round match, Medvedev fought off cramping to defeat his opponent Hugo Dellien in four sets. He then defeated Feliciano López in a contentious match for which Medvedev was fined $5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct and $4,000 for a visible obscenity. He then recovered from a set and a break deficit to beat qualifier Dominik Köpfer and reach his first Major quarterfinal. In the quarterfinals, he beat former champion Stan Wawrinka in four sets to become the first player representing Russia to reach the semifinals of a Major since Mikhail Youzhny at the 2010 US Open (Youzhny also defeated Wawrinka in the quarterfinals). Additionally, the victory earned Medvedev a place at the ATP Finals. He became the first Russian man to qualify for the Finals as a non-alternate player since 2009, when Nikolay Davydenko won the title. Medvedev reached his first Grand Slam final after beating former No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals in straight sets. In the final, Medvedev was defeated by Nadal in five sets.

Medvedev followed up his success in North America with his maiden title on Russian soil at the St. Petersburg Open by defeating Borna Ćorić in the final to become the first Russian native to win the tournament in 15 years. Medvedev then won a second consecutive title at the Shanghai Masters, defeating Alexander Zverev in final. By reaching the final, Medvedev became the 7th male player since 2000 to reach nine or more ATP tournament finals in a season. Medvedev's form cooled off after electing to have a two-week break following his Shanghai victory, withdrawing from scheduled events in Moscow and Vienna. He ended the season losing his last four matches including all three round robin matches in his ATP Finals debut.

Medvedev opened the 2020 season at the inaugural edition of the ATP Cup as Russia's top ranked singles player. He led his nation to the semifinals, where they were eliminated by the Serbian team and Medvedev suffered his only singles defeat of the event against World No. 2 Novak Djokovic. At the Australian Open, Medvedev was eliminated in the fourth round by former champion Stan Wawrinka in five sets. During the February indoor season, Medvedev suffered early defeats in Rotterdam and Marseille.

When the season resumed in August after a six-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Medvedev was unable to defend his title at Cincinnati Masters, losing to Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarterfinals. As the 3rd seed in the US Open, Medvedev reached the semifinals without dropping a set before losing to eventual champion Dominic Thiem.

At the French Open, Medvedev exited the tournament in the first round for the fourth consecutive year, this time losing against Márton Fucsovics. His struggles with form continued into the beginning of the October indoor season, failing to string together more than two consecutive match wins through ATP 500 tournaments in St. Petersburg Open and Vienna. Medvedev then ended his run of lackluster form at the Paris Masters by winning the title. This marked both his first title and his first top ten victories (by beating Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals and Alexander Zverev in the final) since the 2019 Shanghai Masters.

Medvedev qualified for the ATP Finals for the second consecutive year, and went on to become the undefeated champion. Medvedev won all his matches in the round robin stage in straight sets, beating Alexander Zverev, Novak Djokovic and Diego Schwartzman. Medvedev fought back to defeat Rafael Nadal in three sets in the semifinals (Nadal served for the match up 5–4 in the second set), before beating Dominic Thiem in the final, once again coming from a set down. With the victory, he became the first player to have defeated the world's top three players in any ATP Finals competition, and only the fourth player (after Djokovic, Boris Becker, and David Nalbandian) to have done so in any tournament since the inception of the ATP Tour in 1990.

At the second edition of the ATP Cup in February, Medvedev led Team Russia to the title, going 4–0 in singles. This included 3 top ten victories (over Diego Schwartzman, Alexander Zverev, and Matteo Berrettini) extending his win streak over top 10 opponents to ten wins, and his overall win streak to fourteen.

Following his ATP cup triumph, Medvedev reached his second Grand Slam final at the Australian Open after straight sets victories over Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively. In the final, he was defeated by eight time champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets, thus ending his 20 match winning streak and his 12 match winning streak against top 10 opponents.

Medvedev won his first title of the season at the Open 13 in Marseille, defeating Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the final in three sets. Following the tournament, Medvedev ascended to world number 2 in the ATP Rankings. In doing so, he became the first player outside of men's tennis "Big Four" to occupy a position in the top 2 since Lleyton Hewitt in July 2005.

Medvedev uses off-speed shots to disturb his opponents, in lieu of flashy and powerful groundstrokes.

He possesses superior lateral movement, quickness and lung capacity for a player his height, enabling him to excel from the back court. His game is centred on long baseline rallies due to his long, flat groundstrokes and occasionally attack off an eventual short ball from his opponent.

His best shot from the baseline is his backhand, which he hits with depth, pace and precision, and he is able to redirect this shot down the line. He is a capable defender for his height, and is able to handle pace with his deep court positioning and quickness from left to right. His forehand has an unorthodox motion; it has a proper racket head lag, but a quick slapping motion and follow through. This allows him to generate easy pace off that shot. He also possesses a powerful serve, winning him many free points. His first serve is typically flat and up to around 140 mph while his second serves are kickers or sliced out wide, though he is capable of serving flat second serves as well up to 138 mph.

Some points of struggle for Medvedev have been his relative issues with generating quick and easy offense from the baseline and mid-court. Since he lacks a weapon to finish points effectively, he is susceptible to struggles against players who are dynamic and varied on offense. Furthermore, prior to the US Open 2019 final, he was critiqued for his lack of mid-court and net game; this was an area of steep improvement in that final where he serve-and-volleyed and attacked short mid-court balls effectively.

He is also a mentally strong competitor, and this is evident in his attitude on the court, playing style, and demeanor in big matches. However, he easily loses heart and becomes irascible when performing poorly or making errors, resulting in him losing self-confidence and making mistakes. He is known for having a quick temper since childhood; to cope with his temper he has hired psychologists.

With his playing style, Novak Djokovic has described Medvedev as a "very complete" player and the former world's No. 3 Alexander Zverev called him "the best player in the world right now" in October 2019. 2019 ATP Finals champion, Stefanos Tsitsipas, once described his way of playing as "very boring," however later said, "he just plays extremely smart and outplays you."
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