Daniil Medvedev Hailed Top Tecnifibre Young Gun
Russian has climbed from World No. 329 to No. 98 in 2016
Daniil Medvedev is a name that could feature prominently at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in the future.
The 20 year old was presented with a $50,000 winning check by Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman and President, after being named the Tecnifibre Young Gun on the Road in 2016. The presentation for the #NextGen player combined with the announcement that the ATP World Tour has renewed its agreement with Tecnifibre for another three years, through to 2020.
Medvedev is no relation to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev or to former World No. 4 Andrei Medvedev but certainly hopes to replicate the latter’s success on the court after a breakthrough season in 2016. “It’s a huge honour for me to win this award. It shows I have been playing well and is promising for my future,” said Medvedev. “It was an amazing season but I hope to raise my level.
“Top 10 is a realistic aim but of course the dream is to reach No. 1 and stay there for many years.”
Medvedev has soared up the Emirates ATP Rankings. He started the campaign at No. 329 but a strong season culminated in his Top 100 debut on Monday with a spot at No. 98.
During the Young Guns contest, Medvedev prevailed in a four-month battle with fellow Tecnifibre players Mitchell Krueger, Omar Jasika and Gregoire Barrere. Medvedev was the standout candidate in achieving in both criteria of on-court success and engaging with the social media communities on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
“I tried my best to make my fans happy, to show everyone that I can be funny outside the court. I tried my best anyway,” said Medvedev, who also stated that the players were guided well on the programme. “We were given a lot good advice, especially on how to manage ourselves as a professional. It was an amazing experience.”
His rise up the rankings was largely due to a 35-win season on the ATP Challenger Tour, reaching the quarter-finals or better in eight straight events to conclude the year. The Moscow native's signature moment came on the hard courts of Saint-Remy, France, in early September, when he stormed to his maiden title.
Medvedev, who grew up marvelling at countryman Marat Safin’s success, managed to compete at the ATP World Tour level too. He qualified for five ATP World Tour tournaments, earning match wins on all surfaces. He also clinched his biggest win last month at his hometown VTB Kremlin Cup, upsetting World No. 28 Viktor Troicki to advance to his first ATP World Tour quarter-final.
As a recipient of this award from Tecnifibre, Medvedev hopes to reinvest the funds into his fledging career. “I would like to thank Tecnifibre and the ATP [World Tour] for the help they gave me, especially with this contest,” said Medvedev. “I also wanted to say that this money that I will receive as the winner will help me a lot on the ATP World Tour for the next year because I can invest it in my future career with the coaches. I can maybe take a physio to some of the tournaments, spend money on all the travel.”