Tennis: Medvedev: Nadal will probably end year as No.1

In what some are claiming is a snub for Novak Djokovic, Russian tennis ace Daniil Medvedev has picked out Rafael Nadal as his main competition in the sport right now.

In fact, Medvedev has backed the Spaniard to end the year as world no.1, the spot he currently occupies himself.

Due to the nature of tennis ranking points, which are amassed over a 12-month period, Medvedev is entering a crucial stage of the season, while Nadal‘s success so far puts him in a great position.

With ranking points valid for 12 months, players essentially have to defend them the following season in order to avoid slipping down.

So, as Medvedev won the 2021 US Open, he will have to win it again to avoid losing points.

Here it is also important to note again that this year’s Wimbledon held no ranking points, which has been a factor in Djokovic sliding to seventh in the world despite his victor there last month.

The Serbian is also likely to miss out on the US Open and also missed the chance to defend his Australian Open title earlier in the year.

So it does look like it’s Nadal vs Medvedev for the run-in as the season approaches its final stretch. The Russian knows he faces a stern challenge and thinks he may have to win everything in front of him to stand a chance.

“For sure I’m watching the battle for No 1 a little bit,” Medvedev told ATPTour.com.

“Depends also the moment because I know at the end of the year, unless I try to win every tournament that is left, it’s probably going to be Rafa Nadal.

“But at the same time, I can keep it for quite a long time.

“I know that the most important thing is to try to win tournaments, try to win those points. Then you can keep World No.1.”

The next battle in the race for no.1 gets underway on Friday in Montreal when the Rogers Cup begins.