Daniil Medvedev explains why he decided to skip mixed doubles at Tokyo Olympics



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Daniil Medvedev explains why he decided to skip mixed doubles at Tokyo Olympics

Russian tennis star Danill Medvedev noted that an injury wasn't behind physio visits to him and he expects to be fine going forward at the Tokyo Olympics. Medvedev, ranked at No. 2 in the world, was having major difficulties in the Tokyo heat and humidity on Tuesday.

However, Medvedev managed to escape with a 6-2 3-6 6-2 win over Fabio Fognini and make the Tokyo quarterfinal. Medvedev received visits from physio in each set. “Not at all,” Medvedev said, when asked if there was a more significant, underlying issue, per the ITF website.

“The last one was cramping, so 30 minutes after the match it’s okay. The first one I had a blocked diaphragm. It’s the same thing. The next day it’s a new story and it doesn’t affect things. “Of course I’m going to work with the physio on these issues to feel even better tomorrow.

I actually don’t know the schedule – if we play tomorrow or not – but if we play tomorrow I’m going to do my best to be 100%”.

Medvedev explains reasons for not playing the mixed doubles event.

Australian Open runner-up Medvedev admitted he considered playing the mixed doubles event at the Tokyo Olympics but ultimately decided to skip it. “I definitely considered it,” Medvedev admitted. “It’s a great chance to get a medal.

It’s 16 teams. You win two matches and you get a chance to fight for the medal. But Vesnina and Karatsev made the final at Roland Garros, so one team was gone. “To be honest, I think Andrey plays better mixed doubles than me.

He lost in the singles – and [the rest of us] were still in the singles at the time. It was a smart decision to put him in, so I’m not disappointed but if I would need to play, I would play”.