World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev has decided to take a short break after his heartbreaking departure from Indian Wells. Medvedev lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round and will rest before beginning his title defense at the Paris Masters, followed by the year-end championships in Turin.
Initially, the Russian was supposed to play the Kremlin Cup in his homeland, but he changed his mind after the defeat and announced that he had withdrawn from the Moscow event. “I signed because I haven't played there since 2018.
It's my hometown so I wanted to give myself a chance. To be honest, yes, I felt exhausted in this tournament, which of course I will never say before the matches, so now I can say it, ”Medvedev commented after the match with Dimitrov.
With Novak Djokovic retiring from Indian Wells, it was a great opportunity for the Russian to clinch the title and score points before attempting to defend the two major tournaments (Paris and the World Tour Finals). Medvedev's chances of clinching the year-end top spot look bleak at the moment.
A few days ago, news broke that Novak Djokovic would like to star in a comeback at the Paris Masters, as he wanted to finish his season in top. Additionally, Djokovic has a chance to overtake Pete Sampras to achieve the best year-end results at No.
1 on the men's singles circuit. In a recent interview with Number Web, Rafael Nadal lauded Djokovic for his complete game and ability to grind out wins even when he can't find his best tennis.
Nadal intends to come back stronger
Rafael Nadal recently showered praise on his rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, labeling them both "perfect" players.
Nadal further claimed that Djokovic has "no weaknesses" and is capable of playing his best tennis on all surfaces. The 35-year-old admitted he has no regrets about failing to win the title but expressed his desire to come back and win Roland Garros next year.
"I think Novak was more efficient and clever than I was in the game-decision phase that day, and in my eyes he looked physically fresher," Nadal said. "I wanted to win the championship for as long as possible, but it was interrupted.
I have no regrets about it," he added. "I am burning to make the French Open my tournament again next year." Coming to tennis, Nadal decided to skip the US Open and end his season due to the foot injury that was troubling him since his French Open exit.