Coach Gilles Cervara has revealed that his pupil Daniil Medvedev once doubted that he could be a top-30 player on the Tour.
Medvedev, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 4 in the world, made his second Grand Slam final at Melbourne Park after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open semifinal.
Last year, Medvedev won his maiden Nitto ATP Finals title and now he is aiming to lift his maiden Grand Slam title.
Medvedev won’t have an easy job in the Australian Open final as he is set to face record eight-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic.
“When we worked together, we were both unsure if he could get to this level,” Cervara reflected, per Tennis Majors. “He’s not saying, ‘I want to win this tournament and be at this level.’ He’s saying, ‘I want to be the best I can be,’ whether it’s in the next practice session or on the next point. These are the small details that bring results.”
Medvedev set for a new career-high
Medvedev is guaranteed to climb up to No. 3 in the world following his result at the Australian Open.
“He never said to himself and I never said to him, ‘You’ll be Top 30.’ It was never a goal; it doesn’t work like that with him. He himself doubted, two or three years ago, that he could be in the Top 30,” Cervara added.
“When you’ve done what he’s been doing for the past two and a half years, yeah, you’re getting closer to (winning) Grand Slams and being No 1,” Cervara assured. “It doesn’t mean it’s going to happen in an expected or predictable way. There are still plenty of little things worth working on. They will come in time, but there are stages before getting there.”
It remains to be seen if Medvedev can climb up to No. 1 in the world before this season ends.”
Medvedev set for a new career-high ranking following his Australian Open result.