Daniil Medvedev skips Madrid and Rome Masters, still recovering from hernia

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Daniil Medvedev skips Madrid and Rome Masters, still recovering from hernia

As was expected, world no. 2 Daniil Medvedev will not play in Madrid and Rome next month. The Russian is still recovering from hernia surgery, and he does not want to risk anything ahead of Roland Garros. Daniil will not miss the clay-court Masters 1000 events too much, not enjoying the slowest surface and gathering only 100 points in Madrid and Rome last year.

The Russian had been dealing with a minor hernia issue, and he underwent surgery to solve it. Depending on the pace of his recovery, Daniil will be off the court for a month or two, possibly skipping the entire clay swing. Medvedev became world no.

1 for the first time ahead of Indian Wells, standing as only the fifth player on the ATP throne since Roger Federer claimed it in 2004! The Russian could not stay there for too long after failing to reach the semis in Indian Wells and Miami, moving back to no.

2 spot behind Novak Djokovic.

Daniil Medvedev will skip Madrid and Rome.

Daniil is 16-5 this year, and he is still waiting to win the title in 2022. Medvedev defeated three rivals at the ATP Cup in January, but it was not enough to keep Russia in the title chase, as they lost to Canada in the semi-final.

Daniil took down Felix Auger-Aliassime after fending off a match point in an epic Australian Open encounter and reached the final against Rafael Nadal. The Russian kept the scoreboard under control and opened a 6-2, 7-6, 3-2, 40-0 lead, playing well and moving closer to his second consecutive Major crown following the last year's US Open.

Nadal kept fighting and produced an incredible comeback to score a 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 7-5 victory in five hours and 24 minutes. Daniil earned three comfortable wins in Acapulco before facing Rafa in the semi-final. The Spaniard saved every break point and delivered a 6-3, 6-3 triumph to leave the better-ranked opponent empty-handed.

Medvedev became world no. 1 ahead of Indian Wells with those points, but he could not stay on the ATP throne for too long. Daniil lost to Gael Monfils in the third round in the desert and propelled Novak Djokovic to world no.

1 spot after only 14 days. The Russian could have become world no. 1 again after Miami, but he had to reach the semi-final. Medvedev toppled Andy Murray, Pedro Martinez and Jenson Brooksby to enter the quarters, moving a win away from regaining the ATP throne.

Daniil fell to Hubert Hurkacz 7-6, 6-3 and missed a chance to become the world's leading player again. The Russian did not like the balls and conditions and failed to achieve his goal.