There is something special about Daniil Medvedev, at least, the Russian has a certain X-factor and swagger that is impossible to ignore.
These are, of course, some of the traits that the world’s greatest athletes possess, and the question now has to be whether the 26-year-old can establish himself at the summit of men’s professional tennis after winning his maiden Grand Slam in 2021.
What the Bookies are Saying
Interestingly, the latest tennis betting odds suggest that Medvedev will add to his Grand Slam tally sooner rather than later after being priced at just 23/10 to win the 2023 Australian Open. Revealingly, only Novak Djokovic has lower odds of going all the way in Melbourne.
Furthermore, the tennis tipsters predict that Medvedev will also compete for top honours at Wimbledon in 2023 having been priced at just 9/1 to triumph at the All England Club.
— Daniil Medvedev (@DaniilMedwed) September 16, 2021
Those are encouraging odds for Medvedev fans and, in particular, the fast grass courts of Wimbledon should ensure that the Russian is one of the most dangerous players at the 2023 event given his trademark booming serves should put most of his opponents on the back foot. In addition to this, Medvedev will want to make up for lost time having missed the 2022 edition, which will surely mean that the 26-year-old arrives in SW19 especially motivated.
Indeed, the future does look promising for the man who now calls Monte Carlo his home but there are still questions that need to be answered as far as Medvedev’s competitive spirit goes. It should be stressed that these aren’t grave concerns but there have, on the odd occasion, been times when the 26-year-old has become unsettled during his matches owing to external factors.
Defying the Big Three
Essentially, the truth is that nothing can cloud a player’s mind if they are bidding to win a Grand Slam in an age when there has been precious little on offer to anyone outside of the Big Three. Of course, it’s worth saying that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are getting closer to the end of their careers. However, as initially alluded to, those odds for the upcoming Australian Open and Wimbledon Championships make Djokovic the outright favourite which, in reality, means that Medvedev will still have a Herculean task on his hands to increase his Grand Slam count.
Given that this is the case, the Russian can’t afford to let himself become embroiled in any on-court disagreements if he intends on becoming the next dominant player in the men’s game.
— Western & Southern Open (@CincyTennis) August 17, 2022
With this being said, the inspiring news is that Medvedev has the skill to take the ATP Tour by storm and ultimately keep him at number one in the world rankings over the upcoming years.
It goes without saying but the next decade in the men’s game could be one of the most explosive and fiercely contested as the next generation try and take over from the Big Three. At the front of that charge will be Medvedev who will believe that he has what it takes to sit on the throne of the men’s professional game for many years to come.