Daniil Medvedev is the best tennis player in Russian history
Daniil retained the first line of the ATP ranking and began his tenth career week at the head of world men’s tennis
The 26-year-old set two Russian records at once. He surpassed Evgeny Kafelnikov for consecutive time as the world number one (seven weeks vs. six) and surpassed Marat Safin for total time at the top of the rankings (ten weeks vs. nine).
Medvedev is tied for first place with Anna Kournikova, who was briefly the best player in world tennis from 1999-2000. Nevertheless, Daniil still has a long way to go before the women’s singles players from our country. Maria Sharapova climbed to the top of the WTA rankings five times and stayed there for 21 weeks. The Russian record since 2009 is held by Marat Safin’s younger sister Dinara, who has been the first racket of the world for 26 weeks in two rounds.
Medvedev is the ninth longest-serving world number one in the 21st century. The Russian has already surpassed Marat Safin (seven weeks in the XXI century, two weeks in the XXI century) and Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero. By the end of the summer Daniil will also try to move two Americans – Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi. Gustavo Kuerten, Andy Murray and Lleyton Hewitt seem achievable as well, but it will be possible to think about the fight against the representatives of the big three only in five years.
We will be waiting for the next Medvedev record after the U.S. Open. If he qualifies for the finals, Daniil will break Marat Safin’s record for participation in major matches, and if he defends his title he will equal Safin and Kafelnikov in the total wins and become the first Russian to win one “major” twice.