Daniil Medvedev won't challenge Djokovic, Nadal in Monte Carlo after testing positive

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Daniil Medvedev won't challenge Djokovic, Nadal in Monte Carlo after testing positive

World no. 2 Daniil Medvedev will not compete at this year's Monte Carlo Masters 1000 event after testing positive for the coronavirus! Daniil took a regular test on Monday, April 12, and was positive, which marked an instant Monte Carlo withdrawal and isolation monitored by the ATP Medical Team.

The Russian feels fine and will do his best to recover as soon as possible and start the European clay swing. Before the tournament, Medvedev said once again that he doesn't like clay, although he was ready to play on a high level and continue where he left here in 2019.

Two years ago, Daniil scored four of his five Monte Carlo wins and reached the semi-final.

Daniil Medvedev tested positive and had to withdraw from Monte Carlo Masters.

In the quarters, the youngster took down Novak Djokovic 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 after two hours and 20 minutes, despite having only two ATP wins on clay before the tournament!

It was Daniil's first victory over Novak, and it came after 25 winners and 21 unforced errors, losing serve twice and delivering five breaks to leave the Serb behind. Since the end of the previous season, Medvedev has been among the players to beat, finishing 2020 with two notable titles in Paris and London.

Continuing in the same style, Daniil has won 17 out of 20 matches in the first three months of 2021, delivering the ATP Cup title for Russia alongside Andrey Rublev and reaching the Australian Open final. Novak Djokovic halted Medvedev in that one, and the Russian won the title in Marseille after an early Rotterdam lost.

Heading to Miami with high expectations, the three-time Masters 1000 champion lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarter after winning only six games. Medvedev should return to action in May, with Madrid and Rome as his next stops ahead of Roland Garros.

"It's a big disappointment not to play in Monte Carlo. My focus is now on recovery, and I look forward to getting back out on Tour as soon and as safely as possible," Daniil Medvedev said.