World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev and Italian tennis star Jannik Sinner have both withdrawn from Rotterdam, the tournament announced. Montpellier, 25, won't be making his fifth appearance on the indoor-hard courts of Rotterdam.
Rotterdam debuted at the Rotterdam event in 2018, when he made the quarterfinal as a qualifier. Medvedev made the Rotterdam semifinal in 2019, before losing in back-to-back first rounds at the tournaments in 2020 in 2021.
On the other side, world No. 10 Sinner won't be making his second Rotterdam appearance. Sinner made the Rotterdam quarterfinal in his lone appearance at the tournament that came in 2020.
Losing Medvedev a huge blow for Rotterdam
Medvedev was expected to highlight this year's players field in Rotterdam.
However, Medvedev's decision to withdrawn from Rotterdam isn't surprise since he is coming off an exhausting Australian Open run. Medvedev suffered a tight loss in the Australian Open final as Rafael Nadal beat the Russian 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5 in over five hours of play.
"It was a huge match, for sure some small points, small details that I could have done better if I wanted to win. But that's tennis, that's life," Medvedev said. "(It) was a huge match. Rafa played unreal, raised his level.
I mean, two sets to love up, I was like, 'C'mon, just go for him, go for more' "In (the) fifth set, I was like 'make him run' He was unreal. He was really strong, like the way he played, at four hours I was even surprised.
But, of course, we know how Rafa can play. He didn't play for six months. He told me after the match that he didn't practice so much. It was unreal." The Rotterdam event is set to start next week. Medvedev will take some more time to recover from a demanding Australian Open campaign.