After becoming number two in the world and first place in the Miami Open, Russian star Daniil Medvedev said he was not under additional pressure and his ranking gave “some energy boost”.
On March 15, the Russian became the first player other than Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray to be ranked in the top two since 2005.
“It’s been a week, I could feel maybe the pressure and I feel like it’s just giving me some energy boost,” Medvedev said.
“I just want to play better and better to prove to myself that I deserve it and I hope I can show great tennis in Miami.”
“I’m definitely a top Masters player, especially the one in Miami, because I’m number 2 in the world, I enjoy the moment. I don’t feel the pressure other than the pressure I like to win in matches and I want to win every tournament I play.
“Ever since I was young, this pressure has always stayed with me, but I feel it’s good competitive pressure. I don’t really feel pressure from outside because I know that if I play well, I have a chance to win tournaments and that’s the most important thing.” , added the 25-year-old.
The Russian also said that his breakthrough in the rankings strengthened his belief that he belongs to the elite and his rise to number two in the world did not come as a complete surprise.
“Honestly, everything has changed a long time ago. I have become more mature in terms of tennis as well as in terms of life. I worked a lot on the training court, I improved the great time of my tennis, my physical strength for sure, my mental strength. these small details, they count. “
Medvedev, who has won three Masters titles, will play either American player Sam Querrey or Lu Yen-Hsun of Chinese Taipei in his opening game in Miami.