Daniil Medvedev says he sees no simple path to the top of the ATP rankings, especially with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer still playing.
Medvedev, along with Dominic Thiem, have emerged as the two players most likely to consistently challenge and potentially displace the 'big three' at the top table in tennis.
Thiem won the US Open earlier this year, while Medvedev claims the ATP Finals title last week - beating the top three players in the world in the process.
However, while he would naturally love to climb higher than his current career-high number four ranking, he knows it will be far from easy.
"It’s still a long way to get to the top of the line [in the ATP World Rankings]," Medvedev told TASS.
"You have to complete the season better than all the rest to become the World’s No. 1 and sometimes 8,000 points can be sufficient but on other occasions 12,000 points are not enough.
"It all depends on me, the more tournaments that I’ll have like in Paris and London, the more chances I’ll get to top of the ATP rankings."
"However, it will be more complicated to achieve this aim with Rafa [Nadal], Roger [Federer] and Novak [Djokovic] still locking horns on the courts, but I will try to do my best."
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