World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev admitted it was a struggle for him in the Miami conditions when he took on the court for his quarterfinal meeting against Hubert Hurkacz. In the second set of the Hurkacz match, Medvedev went several feet behind the baseline, with his hand propped on one of his knees, as he needed a moment to collect himself.
Unfortunately for Medvedev, the humid conditions in Miami and defending Miami champion Hurkacz were too much for him. Hurkacz, who lifted his first Masters title in Miami last year, handed Medvedev a 7-6 (7) 6-3 loss. “Every muscle just went ‘cramp, cramp, cramp, cramp,'" Medvedev said after the match, per the AP.
“I was like a fish on the sofa."
Medvedev fails to reclaim the No. 1 spot
Medvedev officially became the world No. 1 for the first time in his career on February 28. After suffering a shock third round loss in Indian Wells, Medvedev was replaced by Novak Djokovic at the top spot.
Medvedev came to Miami determined to make a strong result and reclaim the top spot. Medvedev would have been guaranteed to reclaim the top spot on Monday had he defeated Hurkacz. “For me, it was more important in a way just to win the match itself than to become No.
1," Medvedev said. “Winning the match, I saw it more as a bonus." It was the fourth meeting between Medvedev and Hurkacz as it is slowly becoming one of the better rivalries on the ATP Tour. Hubert and Medvedev clashed for the first at Wimbledon last year as the Pole defeated the Russian in the round-of-16.
It didn't take long for Medvedev got his revenge as he defeated Hurkacz at the Toronto Masters and ATP Finals, respectively. After losing the last two meetings, Hurkacz delivered a strong performance to beat Medvedev in their first meeting of the season. Hubert and Medvedev will certainly have more meetings in the rest of 2022.