The year 2019 will be difficult for Daniil Medvedev and his followers to forget. Many discovered him at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, where he played his first final of an ATP 500, but at the end of that season his figures were overwhelming: 80 matches played with the highest number of victories in the circuit (59), four ATP titles, number 4 of the world ranking between September and November and, above all, an incredible run of consecutive finals played in the hard court season: Washington, Montreal, Cincinnati, US Open, St. Petersburg and Shanghai.
Without being related to Andrei Medvedev, the Ukrainian tennis player who was proclaimed champion of the Conde de Godó Trophy in 1993, Daniil aspires as one to win on the centre court of the Real Club Tenis Barcelona-1899 and appear on the record book of a tournament that has always enjoyed the best tennis players on clay. Andrei was Ukrainian and Daniil is Russian, born in Moscow, although residing in Monte Carlo.
The great sensation of the 2019 season was not born when Andrei gave the surprise and beat Sergi Bruguera in the final of that 1993 edition. The Russian was born on February 11, 1996 and grew up in a family without any sports background, much less in tennis. He learned to play tennis at six year´s old and from a very young age he focused on this sport to become a star.
It wasn't until 2018 that Daniil made the big jump to the tennis elite. In a year in which he made himself known in the circuit and won three ATP titles, he went from a year-end ranking of 65 in 2017 to finishing his impeccable season as 16 in the world. And in the same way he closed that campaign he started the 2019 campaign, with a final in Brisbane and a title in Sofia, the fourth of his career. Now he has 7 titles and occupies the fifth place in the ATP ranking.
Known among his teammates as "Bear," Medvedev is a hard court specialist who also likes playing on grass. His pending issue is still clay, but let´s not forget that in 2019 he played the semi-finals of the 1,000 Masters of Monte Carlo and the final of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. He will end up being, since he is only 23 years old, a complete and very dangerous player on all surfaces.