Daniil Medvedev


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Daniil Medvedev at the Australian Open

Daniil Sergeyevich Medvedev is a Russian professional tennis player, currently ranked No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). On February 11, 1996, he was born in Moscow, Russia, to Sergey Medvedev and Olga Medvedev. He has two sisters, Julia Medvedev and Elena Medvedev. Daniil was first introduced to tennis when his mom saw an advertisement for a group tennis lesson at the pool when Daniil was swimming. His father encouraged him to enroll him to take some lessons. His first coach, Ekaterina Kryuchkova, was well known for coaching a former professional tennis player, Vera Zvonareva. He focused on physics and math, the subjects in which he excelled. He graduated early and attended the Moscow State Institute of International Relations for economics and commerce. He soon dropped out and wanted to pursue his career in tennis. He then switched to the Russian State University of Physical Education, where he received a diploma as a tennis coach. He then moved to Antibes, France, to train at the tennis academy. 

Daniil turned pro in 2014 and has won 13 ATP Tour singles titles, which included the 2021 US Open and 2020 ATP Finals. He defeated Novak Djokovic, the former No. 1 player, in the finals to win his first grand slam. He also became the first person to win all top three ranked players in the world to win the year-end championship title. Adding on, he has also won 4 Masters 1000 titles and won four major finals.

He made his first draw debut in the doubles event of the 2015 Kremlin Cup. One year later, he won his first-ever singles titles after turning pro at the Ricoh Open. The following year, he participated in his first major at Wimbledon. He was also able to reach six consecutive tournament finals appearances also, including the US Open. In 2018, Medvedev was able to win his first ATP title in Sydney. At the Australian Open this January, Daniil made it to the finals and faced off against Rafael Nadal. He was up two sets but was exhausted after using all his energy. Nadal was able to outplay him at the end and won his 21st grand slam. February 2022 was a big day for Medvedev, and he became the first man outside of the Big Four (Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray) to reach the No. 1 ranking since Andy Roddick in 2004.