Daniil emerged as a leading next generation player in 2019, when he was runner-up at the US Open and also reached the final of Australian Open 2021, in between knocking out top 3 players Federer, Nadal and Djokovic to claim the 2020 ATP Finals. His steady climb culminated in a peak No.2 singles ranking in March and in September he broke through for a maiden Grand Slam singles, defeating Novak Djokovic for the US Open crown.
Aside from his considerable tennis talent, Daniil has multifaceted interests. He studied physics and maths at a specialized school before enrolling in economics and commerce at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He later dropped out to focus on tennis, and became a qualified coach. He also plays harpsichord and guitar. Daniil credits his rise up the rankings to marrying his girlfriend, Darya, in 2018.
Medvedev won three of his 12 ATP singles crowns in 2021 including his fourth ATP Masters title, in Toronto. His first title came at the start of the 2018 season in Sydney, and he has since emerged as a leading contender to break the dominance of the Big Three, upsetting Novak Djokovic at the US Open 2021 to win his first major without dropping a set throughout the tournament. He is regarded as a mentally tough competitor who can outsmart his opponents and excels from the back of the court, notably drilling a double-handed backhand.
2021 Season Highlights
Winner: US Open, Toronto, Marseille, Mallorca, ATP Cup
Runner-up: Australian Open
Quarterfinals: Tokyo Olympics, Miami, Roland Garros