Daniil Medvedev ‘never dreamed’ of Roger Federer ranking opportunity despite superb form

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Daniil Medvedev says he never contemplated having the chance to reach six consecutive finals and passing Roger Federer in the Race to London standings.

Medvedev is the most in-form men’s player in the world after a sensational run of form in recent months.

Since August, Medvedev had played in six finals in a row, including three Masters 1000 events and the US Open final.

He is 3-3 in those finals and won back-to-back events in St Petersburg and Shanghai.

And it means the Russian is the biggest threat to the ‘Big Three’ of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Medvedev has risen to fourth in the ATP rankings but is third in the ATP Race to London standings after moving above Federer.

Speaking after pulling out of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Medvedev was asked about his season and the 23-year-old was overjoyed at what he’s been able to achieve.

Medvedev said: “I feel amazing and have a great mood. I’ve never dreamed about six finals in a row.

“One of the finals is at a Grand Slam [US Open], three of them are at Masters.

“[Pass in the ATP Race To London] Federer? It is also something I’ve never dreamed of.”

After a gruelling few months, Medvedev opted to withdraw from the Kremlin Cup and will instead return at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna next week.

“Nobody knew that I would do so well in Shanghai to reach my sixth final in a row,” he said.

“I just feel that I am physically and mentally exhausted. I can’t be 100 per cent.

“As a professional, I cannot step on court knowing that I am not 100 per cent ready to play.

“On the one hand, it is very sad, because I really wanted to play in Moscow in front of my home crowd. I’ve played for four years in a row in Moscow and each year my results improved. “But, on the other hand, this is how it is. It is professional sport, and I must do what is best for my body. In this situation, I had no choice.”

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