Daniil Medvedev is inside touching distance of fulfilling a lifelong dream though he feels it’s not a dream anymore and sees it extra as a objective.
The Russian will change into world No 1 if he’s the final man standing on the Mexican Open, though there are different permutations at play and he may, in reality, safe prime spot within the ATP Rankings if present No 1 Novak Djokovic fails to achieve the ultimate in Dubai.
Medvedev has been edging nearer to that objective in Acapulco as he received his opening two video games, beating Benoit Paire in straight units within the first spherical earlier than following it up with one other strong win over Pablo Andujar on Wednesday.
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Subsequent up is Yoshihito Nishioka within the quarter-finals whereas he could possibly be in for an Australian Open last rematch towards Rafael Nadal within the semi-final.
Nonetheless, the reigning US Open champion is specializing in successful matches as that will routinely result in him attaining his objective.
“Once you’re younger you are feeling prefer it’s unimaginable, in order that’s why you dream about it,” he mentioned. “When it turns into nearer to you, you dream much less about it and do extra to attain it.”
He added: “It’s not even a dream anymore, it’s a objective to play properly these subsequent three tournaments. If I handle to do it, I’m going to have an opportunity, and if I don’t, then it’s my fault in a manner, however it’s additionally an expertise, in order that’s what I’m going to attempt to do.”