Acapulco, February 24th. – The Russian Daniil Medvedev, who will be the number 1 in the ATP ranking next Monday, said after his quarterfinal match of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, that this day has been “a roller coaster of emotions”.
The combination of the Serbian Novak Djokovic’s loss, who lost in Dubai against the Czech Jiri Vesely, and also the victory of Medvedev against the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka in Acapulco, which led him to the semifinals. Medvedev got enough points to reach number 1 in the world.
“I’ve received a lot of messages. I can’t believe this is happening (being number one). Today has been a roller coaster of emotions,” the Russian said in a conference.
The Russian, the first ranked in Acapulco, talked about everything he has lived and also the armed conflict between Russia-Ukraine. He stressed that there are things more important than any sport.
“On days like today, you realize that tennis doesn’t matter much. I woke up with the emotions of war, then with Novak, and then being number 1,” he recalled.
He also said that his arrival at the maximum tennis level is a great achievement, however, he believes that it is still a little early to talk about a new era of tennis.
“If we look at the last Grand Slams, those three players are still dominating. I will try to do my best, but they are still very strong. However, I’m very happy to achieve one of my biggest goals in tennis,” he said.
On Friday’s semifinal, Daniil said he is honored to play against any one of the big three: Nadal, Djokovic or Roger Federer.
“It’s great if it’s against Rafa Nadal. Playing against the Big 3 is always an honor and a great challenge,” he admitted.