Daniil Destoyer Of The Top 10
Russian is riding a seven-match winning streak against Top 10 players
There is no active player outside of the Big Four — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray — who has a better winning percentage against the Top 10 players in the FedEx ATP Rankings than Daniil Medvedev.
According to the Infosys ATP Performance Zone, the Big Four are in a league of their own against active players. Djokovic leads the way with a 68.3 winning percentage, with Nadal (64.7%) and Federer (64.6%) not far behind, and Murray at 55.1 per cent. But Medvedev, who is only 24, is already making his mark against the world's best players.
Best Winning % vs. Top 10 (Active Players)
|Player||Record vs. Top 10||Winning %|
|1) Novak Djokovic||215-100||68.3%|
|2) Rafael Nadal||174-95||64.7%|
|3) Roger Federer||224-123||64.6%|
|4) Andy Murray||102-83||55.1%|
|5) Daniil Medvedev||16-19||45.7%|
The Russian star has won 45.7 per cent of his matches against Top 10 opponents (16-19), which gives him a better winning percentage than former World No. 1s Carlos Moya (42.3%), Jim Courier (42.1%), Thomas Muster (42%) and Yevgeny Kafelnikov (40.7%).
Medvedev helped bolster his standing at the end of the 2020 season. He was struggling by his high standards, entering the final two tournaments of the year with an 18-10 record. But Medvedev surged to end the season, claiming a third ATP Masters 1000 title at the Rolex Paris Masters and the biggest trophy of his career at the Nitto ATP Finals. It was an ominous sign for the rest of the ATP Tour and a return to his giant-slaying ways.
With victories over Djokovic, Nadal and 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem at The O2 in London, he became the first player to defeat the Top 3 players in the FedEx ATP Rankings at the Nitto ATP Finals. Medvedev also became the first player to accomplish the feat at any tournament since David Nalbandian's 2007 Mutua Madrid Open run.
Many eyes have been rightfully on Thiem in recent years thanks to the Austrian's success, especially against Federer (Thiem leads 5-2), Nadal (6-9) and Djokovic (5-7). But the World No. 3's winning percentage against the Top 10, 43.8 per cent (32-41), is not as high as Medvedev's.
With eight Top 10 wins in 2019 and seven last year, Medvedev's confidence continues to grow. Since breaking into the Top 10 of the FedEx ATP Rankings on 15 July 2019, at the start of a magical North American summer swing, Medvedev has posted a 12-7 record against Top 10 opponents.
As Medvedev prepares in Australia for the ATP Cup and the Australian Open, the goals of the 24-year-old will be clear. Carry his late 2020 form in 2021, make a bigger impression against the Big Three – Federer (Medvedev trails 0-3), Nadal (1-3) and Djokovic (3-4) – and potentially clinch more of the sport's biggest prizes.