Daniil Medvedev news: Russian says becoming No 1 is no longer a dream, it is now about achieving it

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Daniil Medvedev interview

Daniil Medvedev is within touching distance of fulfilling a lifelong dream although he feels it is not a dream anymore and sees it more as a goal.

The Russian will become world No 1 if he is the last man standing at the Mexican Open, although there are other permutations at play and he could, in fact, secure top spot in the ATP Rankings if current No 1 Novak Djokovic fails to reach the final in Dubai.

Medvedev has been edging closer to that goal in Acapulco as he won his opening two games, beating Benoit Paire in straight sets in the first round before following it up with another solid win over Pablo Andujar on Wednesday.

Next up is Yoshihito Nishioka in the quarter-finals while he could be in for an Australian Open final rematch against Rafael Nadal in the semi-final.

However, the reigning US Open champion is focusing on winning matches as that would automatically lead to him achieving his goal.

“When you’re young you feel like it’s impossible, so that’s why you dream about it,” he said. “When it becomes closer to you, you dream less about it and do more to achieve it.”

He added: “It’s not even a dream anymore, it’s a goal to play well these next three tournaments. If I manage to do it, I’m going to have a chance, and if I don’t, then it’s my fault in a way, but it’s also an experience, so that’s what I’m going to try to do.”