After the terrible insult he suffered in the Australian Open final, in which he wasted two sets of advantage against Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev was the victim of an obvious decline. The Russian surrendered again to Nadal on the Acapulco hard court, however managing to snatch the first place in the ATP ranking from Novak Djokovic.
Due to his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus, the Serbian phenomenon has only played three games this season. The Muscovite crowned the efforts of a lifetime, but this milestone didn't give him the impetus to shine in Indian Wells and Miami.
In California he got Gael Monfils comeback in the third round, thus allowing Nole to return to the top of the standings without playing. It didn't go much better in Florida, where a dull Medvedev bowed to defending champion Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals.
Through a message on his Instagram profile, the world number 2 announced that he had undergone a small operation to correct a hernia. Daniil will be out of the circuit for 1-2 months, so he could miss the whole season on red.
Tarpischev opens up on Medvedev
"Daniil Medvedev must not rush the pace, he will have to recover slowly and get back in shape - said Shamil Tarpischev, president of the Russian federation - but I think he has excellent chances of playing in Paris.
He will miss a couple of Masters 1000s, but he can easily play in France. I think Novak Djokovic can increase the gap in the standings, but Daniil doesn't have to worry: we are still in the first part of the season and he will have time to get back in line with Novak.
The important thing is to avoid the injury getting worse”. We all are familiar with the adverse playing conditions at the ‘Sunshine Double’. Players have to counter extreme wind and sand in Indian Wells and heat and humidity in Miami to win the coveted prize.
The job is made all the more difficult by playing back-to-back matches within a compact schedule. Further, Hubert Hurkacz toppled Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the quarterfinal in Miami, thereby crashing his hopes of regaining the World No.1 spot in ATP rankings this week.
During a changeover, Medvedev looked straight into the camera and said, “Never ever advise anybody to buy this ball, it’s a piece of garbage, you’re just gonna lose your money”. Further, the 26-year-old found it difficult going right from the very beginning.