Andy Roddick says anybody who calls Australian Open runner-up Daniil Medvedev a one slam marvel is an fool.
Jannik Sinner beat Medvedev 3-6 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-3 final weekend to win his maiden grand slam title and arrange a decade lengthy rivalry with fellow rising star Carlos Alcaraz.
It was Medvedev’s sixth look in a grand slam remaining, however he solely has one trophy to his identify — the 2021 US Open the place he beat Novak Djokovic within the remaining.
The 27-year-old spent greater than 24 hours on court docket at Melbourne Park, together with a number of early morning finishes, setting a brand new file for probably the most taking part in time at a grand slam.
However Medvedev’s gut-wrenching 5 set loss noticed him turn into the primary participant to lose two grand slam finals after main two units to like after Rafael Nadal additionally got here again to beat him within the 2022 Australian Open remaining.
It’s sparked a dialogue round who’s the most effective participant to solely win one grand slam.
Roddick gained the 2003 US Open and the Davis Cup representing the USA, however misplaced three Wimbledon finals and a US Open decider to Roger Federer.
Juan Martin Del Potro is one other candidate, having overwhelmed Federer within the 2009 US Open remaining and displaying he may cope with the Large Three earlier than accidents sadly derailed his profession.
Andy Murray misplaced 5 Australian Open finals, however he gained three grand slams so he’s out of this debate.
Talking on his Served podcast, Roddick argued Medvedev’s tennis CV is healthier than his, calling him “probably the most underappreciated gamers ever”.
“And I’ll throw myself below the bus on this one. Twitter the opposite day, there’s some dialog going and I get looped in they usually’re going, somebody stated, ‘Medvedev’s the most effective participant ever that has one Slam.’ And I used to be the reply of the counter (argument).
“I’ll simply inform everybody proper now, he’s higher than I ever was. He has 20-something-odd titles. He’s gained nonetheless many Masters Collection occasions, one World Tour Finals, has been No. 1 on this planet. Oh by the best way, beat Novak Djokovic in a grand slam remaining.”
“He has put himself there, I imply he’s been in back-to-back grand slam finals. This man is healthier. If anybody calls him a ‘one slam marvel’, they’re idiots and don’t know what they’re speaking about.”
Roddick stated whereas it’s straightforward to deal with Medvedev shedding a remaining after main two units to like, his file over a protracted time frame stacks up with a number of the finest in tennis.
“I do know we at all times have fun the winner and individuals are gonna knock Medvedev for being up two units and he let it go – that’s trash should you try this,” the American nice stated.
“As a result of that’s by no means consultant of what he did this whole event and what frankly he’s finished for 5 or 6 years.
“That is his sixth main remaining now and I don’t really feel like we give him sufficient credit score. I’ve by no means left a remaining watching Medvedev and thought he’s blown it or given it away. He makes somebody earn it each single time.”
“He’s performed Rafa twice, Novak twice and an in-form Sinner. It’s simply the best way it goes. I misplaced 4 finals and gained one. Generally you simply come up in opposition to somebody higher on the day.”
Medvedev will get his subsequent probability to win a grand slam in Might on the French Open, the place his finest result’s a quarterfinal look in 2021.