Daniil Medvedev has said that he is not bothered by the absence of his major rivals going into the ATP Montreal Masters. The recent Los Cabos champion is now in Canada to start preparations for his title defense.
The top-seeded player will not be facing any of his usual rivals. Novak Djokovic is out because the Serb refuses to get the COVID-19 vaccination. Rafael Nadal is also down for the count as he withdrew following a flare-up of his abdominal injury during training in Spain.
Roger Federer, on the other hand, is still out as he continues to recover from his recent surgery. He is expected for a comeback in the 2023 season.
Their absences do not faze the Russian. For him, its business as usual.
“If the Big Three are in the tournament, they are the favorites straightaway,” he said.
“They win a lot of tournaments - almost every tournament they play - so there is no surprise when we make them favorites.
“For me, it doesn’t change much if they’re here or not – my goal is to win the tournament. No matter who I play, I just want to win the match.”
He also reminisces about the times he beat two of the three.
“I’ve never beaten Roger, I beat Rafa one time (2020 ATP Finals) and I beat Novak a few times,” he said.
“It’s a special sensation, brings you a lot of confidence. It’s just a good feeling.”
The current World No.1 is holding strong to his lead and he is over 1000 points ahead of an injured Alexander Zverev and more than 2000 points ahead of Rafael Nadal who is in the third spot.
With his recent Citi Open win, Kyrgios climbs to the 37th spot in the world rankings.