'I don't think Daniil Medvedev's ever been quite the same since', says expert

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'I don't think Daniil Medvedev's ever been quite the same since', says expert

Next February 27 will be a busy week for tennis fans. From March 27 to 4, the Acapulco and Dubai tournaments will be held, and all the stars of the world scene will be on the field. Two ATP 500 and terrifying numbers for world-class tournaments.

If Acapulco will have several Top Ten players, the tournament in the United Arab Emirates is no less impressive and, above all, it will have Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. The two world tennis phenomena have decided to start with the same tournament and everyone dreams of a final perhaps between the two members of the Big Three.

It won't be easy because it's a tournament full of stars, there are also other Top Ten and close tennis players in the ranking. Like any good number one in the world, Novak Djokovic leads the standings ahead of Russian Andrey Rublev and ahead of Rafael Nadal, the third seed in the tournament.

Not only them, because Félix Auger Aliassime and the Pole Hubert Hurkacz will also be there, and even outside the Top Ten we will see top-ranked tennis players. Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev, former Top 5 called to react after a difficult period, will also take to the track in Dubai.

The Russian is always too discontinuous and has come out of the Top Ten, while the German has returned from a long injury and is working to recover the best possible condition. Speaking of Russians, in addition to Rublev and Medvedev, there will also be Karen Khachanov, a semifinalist at the last Australian Open and a very respectable player.

Sinner will not be among the Italians, while Berrettini is busy in Acapulco and the only tennis player on the entry list is Lorenzo Sonego from Turin. It will be a very important tournament for Serbian champion Novak Djokovic.

The world number one is likely to only play this tournament before the clay court season. Nole will not be able to enter the US in March and, consequently, he will miss the tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami, so the tournament in Dubai will be doubly important, also in terms of ranking.

Steve Flink speaks about Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev's premature exit from the 2023 Australian Open in the third round was shockingly unexpected. "I think it was a golden missed opportunity for Medevedev," Steve Flink said. "I don't think he's ever been quite the same since. He's had plenty of time, I think to put the ship back in order," he journalist suggested.

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