Eliminated in the semifinals of the US Open by the future winner, Dominic Thiem, Danill Medvedev did not lose everything in New York. The Russian has indeed officially qualified for the London Masters, where he joins Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem, who already had their tickets for several weeks. The 24-year-old, 5th in the world, will therefore play his second Masters, and will try to do better than last year, where he lost his three group matches. (against Tsitsipas, Nadal and Zverev). This is the first time since 2009 and Nikolay Davydenko that a Russian player has managed to qualify two years in a row for the Masters. Even though the 2020 season was very shortened, Medvedev had time to go to the ATP Cup semi-finals with Russia, to the round of 16 of the Australian Open, to the quarter-finals in Marseille and in Cincinnati, and therefore in the semi-finals of the US Open.
A different regulation this year
Remember that in this exceptional year, the ranking of the Race (which takes into account the results of the calendar year) was put on hold, and these are therefore the eight best players in the ATP ranking (which takes into account the sixteen best results since March 2019) to November 9 which will qualify for the Masters. Roger Federer, ranked fourth, is already forfeited due to a knee injury. The title holder Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini and Gaël Monfils would therefore be the next qualifiers if the ranking does not change in the next two months. But with thirteen tournaments still on the program before the Masters, everything can change!