World number one Daniil Medvedev has been eliminated from the Indian Wells Masters 2022, after losing to France’s Gael Monfils in the round of 32, Tuesday (15/3) WIB.
Playing a match in three sets for 2 hours 6 minutes, Medvedev had to admit Monfils’ toughness with a score of 6-4, 3-6 and 1-6 defeat. The victory made Monfils beat the world number one for the first time since 2009.
This defeat also forced Medvedev to end his reign as world number one, where this week he had to lose his 250 points which had expired. This condition also means Novak Djokovic will return to the top of the world rankings, three weeks after Medvedev has been at the top since February 28.
“Is it better to be world number one even if it’s only a week of your life or never reach it?” Medvedev told reporters in his press conference after the match, quoted from ATP Tuesday (15/3).
“I think it’s still better to get it even if it’s only a week, than never touch it,” said Medvedev.
Even though he will lose his position as world number one next week, but with Novak Djokovic without a tournament scheduled until next week, Medvedev still has a chance to regain it provided he reaches the semifinals at the Miami Open next week.
“Well, now I know I will lose it (world number one),” said Medvedev.
“I still have Miami and will try to get it back. Usually I always feel a little better with the game in Miami in terms of tennis, so I will try to play well there.”
“I think it can give me more motivation, I have motivation. It’s just, yeah, I didn’t find my best tennis here.”
It can be seen, Medvedev previously replaced Djokovic’s position at the top of the rankings after appearing quite promising at the start of the 2022 season, the Russian advanced to the Australian Open final and semifinals in Acapulco. In both games he fell at the hands of Rafael Nadal who made a comeback win.
Medvedev has just realized that consistency is important to be on par with the ‘Big Three’ players Nadal, Djokovic and Roger Federer who have performed well over the last two decades, and he hopes to continue to improve his game to achieve the best results.
“I’ve always said, when I play my best tennis, it’s very difficult to beat me,” Medvedev said.
“But the toughest part of tennis is to be consistently at your best from time to time. That’s where I feel that the ‘Big Three’ title means nothing, because whatever the conditions, whatever the surface, they are always trying to win lots of tournaments or win some crazy games. Yes, I have to try to do better.” he said. (ATP/OL-13)
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