Right now, every major tournament that takes place on a hard court has in the Russian daniel medvedev one of his rivals to beat. The Russian tennis player managed to conquer the ATP 500 in Rotterdam, lifting the 15th title of his career on his favorite surface.
In this way, he equaled the fifth place among the active players with the most championships won on hard courts. With 15 tournament wins he equaled the record of Croatian veteran Marin Cilic. Subsequently, the third place among the players who remain on the circuit is occupied by the Spanish Rafael Nadal with 25 titles on hard court, although it is far from being his favorite surface.
In second place, although he has not won any in recent years, is the British Andy Murray with 34 prizes in tournaments held on hard courts. At the top, in first place, could not appear other than the Serbian Novak Djokovic, who so far has 67.
Right now it seems like an impossible mission that someone can get close to the number of ‘Nole’ and more so taking into account that at the rate it is going, that figure will continue to increase in the coming years, or is what logic indicates.
It is a record that Daniil Medvedev will undoubtedly improve in the coming years, where he will try to consolidate himself as the second best in the world on hard courts, although no one guarantees that he can match Nadal’s records. and Murray himself.
Let’s not even talk about Djokovic. How many titles do you think the Russian tennis player can win in the 2023 season?
Daniil Medvedev won in Doha
Despite his title at the ATP 250 in Doha this Saturday, Daniil Medvedev, during his post-final press conference, pointed out the poor quality of the balls used during this week in Qatar.
In addition, they are the same balls as during the Australian Open, where several players, including Djokovic, Nadal and Murray, had already complained. “It is really difficult to go from playing indoors to competing outdoors with the conditions in Doha.
The fact that I got there clearly shows how important confidence is for me, as I didn’t feel comfortable for much of the week. We played with the same balls as at the Australian Open and I had a bad feeling about them in Melbourne.
Also, I injured my wrist before the match against Korda. I thought it was my problem, but I’ve talked to other players and I see more and more injuries to the elbow, wrist or shoulder, so I think the balls are responsible.»