Last Updated on August 27, 2022
The unsung hero who has remained unshakable in the world’s number 1 since February 2022, Daniil Medvedev, is not a stranger in his home country but does not get the accolade he deserves in the open era. The Russian has broken many records on his way to the top of the tennis world.
Daniil was born in Moscow, Russia, on the 11th of February, 1996, to the family of Sergey Medvedev and Olga Medvedeva. He does not share any bond with former world number 4, Andrei Medvedev, who also hails from Russia. When he was 9, his mother took him for enrollment at a swimming class when she saw an advert for a tennis class and, with the approval of his father, enrolled him there instead. He has already been interested in tennis since he watched the famous Russian tennis star Marat Safin at the 2005 Australian Open.
He continued his development until 2009 (13), when he participated in his first junior tournament and won his first junior in his third appearance at a junior tournament. Four years later, Daniil was already at the top of his game, winning six junior titles, including four in a row, between 2012 and 2013. That was enough to gain his first junior Grand Slam debut at the 2013 Junior Wimbledon and an appearance at the 2013 Junior US Open.
He did not win any big tournament as a junior player and had a career highest ranking of 13 before he became a pro in 2014. He eventually made his debut in 2015 at the Kremlin Cup as a Doubles player partnering with Aslan Karatstev. However, they were to be eliminated in the tournament’s second round.
He continued to play at several senior tournaments until 2017, when he made his first ATP final at the Chennai Open and lost to Roberto Agut Bautista. Notably, he also recorded his first win at a Grand Slam at the Wimbledon Championships toward the end of the year but was disqualified from the tournament for racial speech.
The next five years were the biggest period of his career as he recorded at least a title every year and now has 14 Singles career titles with no Doubles titles. He also has maintained the world’s number 1 since he attained it in February of 2022, breaking the rule of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray.
Who Is The Current Coach Of Daniil Medvedev?
The current coach of Daniil Medvedev is Gille Cervara. Gilles has been the coach of the world’s number 1 since 2017, leading him to his first ATP Tour final. He has also been his trainer throughout the big moments of his career and was awarded the 2019 ATP Coach of the Year and nominated in 2020 and 2021.
Gille was born in Cannes, France, where he still resides on the 2nd of January 1981 and becomes a professional coach in 2007. Before beginning his coaching career, he worked as a hitting partner to notable tennis players such as Thomas Enqvist, Justine Henin, and Marat Safin.
He seemed to have a good relationship with Russians and was also the coach of Medvedev when the Russian Tennis team recorded outstanding successes during international tournaments in 2021. These tournaments are ATP Cup, Laver Cup, and the Davis Cup.
However, Daniil’s temper has remained a cause of concern in their relationship as he occasionally yells at his coach whenever he gets frustrated during a match. A similar scenario happened recently at the 2022 ATP Halle Tour, and Gille stormed out of the place to the surprise of many fans. After the match, which ended in a defeat for Daniil, he apologized to the coach in the following words,
Daria (his wife), thanks a lot for this week,” Medvedev said during his on-court runner-up speech. “[It is] not easy to be with me on the court sometimes, but hopefully next time will be easier and much better. “Also, thank you guys [the crowd] very much. Sorry for not making this match longer and more interesting!”.
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There are details about Daniil training under a coach before he started working with Gille. He claimed to have been training and practicing his style of play alone to become a master of the game in one of his comments about how he plays.
When he was enrolled in tennis training by his mother in 2005, Ekaterina Kryuchkova was his trainer at the academy. During one of his old interviews with the ATP Tour, Daniil commended his first coach when he acknowledged her effort. He responded to the interviewer, “My first coach was a Russian woman named Ekaterina Kryuchkova, and she was amazing. She made me fight until the last point all the time.”
Ekaterina has worked with some top players and is well-known to have been the coach of Vera Zvonareva. The latter won 24 career titles, including 12 Singles titles and 12 Doubles titles as a professional tennis player.
Apart from being the world’s number 1, Daniil is typically a smart guy, holds a degree in Physics and Mathematics, and also studied Commerce and Economics for a while at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Afterward, he focused on his tennis career for a while and returned to school to bag his diploma as a coach from the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth, and Tourism.
Daniil also loves music and plays guitar during his leisure period. The Russian star is happily married to a Russian model and long-term girlfriend who is believed to have played tennis in the past, Daria Chernyshkova. They married in September 2018, and Daniil has always credited her for his continuous success.
During the dawn of his career, Daniil made it known that he considered switching nationality to Kazakhstan since many Russian tennis players were switching due to a lack of support from the Russian Tennis Federation. However, he did not and represented Russia and Europe in tournaments in 2021.
He won all the tournaments; that is, ATP Cup (Team Russia), Laver Cup (Team Europe), and Davis Cup (Team Russia).
Daniil Medvedev’s achievements with different coaches
We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Daniil Medvedev under the guidance of various coaches.
|Coaches||Years of Completion||Titles|
|Ekaterina Kryuchkova||2005 – 2017||–|
|Fernando Vicente||2017 – till date||2018 Tokyo (Indoor/Hard) 2018 Winston-Salem (Outdoor/Hard) 2018 Sydney (Outdoor/Hard) 2019 ATP Masters 1000 2019 Shanghai (Outdoor/Hard) 2019 St. Petersburg (Indoor/Hard) ATP Masters 1000 2019 Cincinnati (Outdoor/Hard) 2019 Sofia (Indoor/Hard) 2020 Nitto ATP Finals (Indoor/Hard) ATP Masters 1000 2020 Paris (Indoor/Hard) 2021 US Open (Outdoor/Hard) ATP Masters 1000 2021 Canada (Outdoor/Hard) 2021Mallorca (Outdoor/Grass) 2021 Marseille (Indoor/Hard) 2021 Davis Cup Finals (Indoor/Hard) 2021 ATP Cup (Outdoor/Hard) 2021 Laver Cup 2022 Los Cabos (Outdoor/Hard)|