Daniil Medvedev won his first match as “World No. 1” at the Indian Wells Masters defeating 21-year Old Tomas Machac of the Czech Republic with a score of 6-3, 6-2. The top-seeded Russian is one of the favourites along with Rafael Nadal, to win at the tournament.
Medvedev, who lost to the Spaniard at the Australian Open final and in the semifinals of the Mexican Open, will have to progress at least the quarterfinals of the tournament to keep his No. 1 ranking, which he has never reached yet, but the Russian is well-motivated this time, following his outstanding form throughout the start of the year. He was crowned as Number 1 player by the ATP Rankings after Novak Djokovic lost at the quarterfinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships against Jiri Vesely.
“I’m happy that I managed to pull through and be the most consistent player,” said the World No. 1 after winning the second round, reported ATP Tour official website. Medvedev will be seen in action against either Gael Monfils or Filip Krajinovic, on Monday.