Daniil Medvedev has revealed that he suffered «medium stress» at the Astana Open three weeks ago. In early October, Medvedev competed at the Astana Open. Medvedev reached the semi-final of the Astana Open, where he retired midway through the match against Novak Djokovic.
After Djokovic won the second set tie break to force a third set, Medvedev approached the Serb and told him he was retiring. Djokovic seemed stunned by Medvedev’s withdrawal, but understood after the Russian explained that he felt he «threw something at him.»
This week, Medvedev is competing at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, where he defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in his tournament debut. «It was a pull, I don’t want to say a small pull, let’s call it a medium pull.
We have done a good job with my physical therapist, thanks to him. On Saturday I was able to do a full session 100% to decide if I would come, since I wasn’t 100% sure. I didn’t feel any pain, so I came here, I had a good training session, I played good tennis, I ran all over the court, so I felt 100% ready,» Medvedev told the ATP website.
Medvedev is currently fifth on the list for the Race to Turin, so his place in the prestigious season-ending tournament is all but sealed. However, he doesn’t want to think of himself as a participant in the ATP Finals until he officially secures his place.
«That’s how I feel, but at the same time there are a lot of guys coming up, especially Felix. [Auger-Aliassime] and Andrew [Rublev]even if they’re not as dangerous as me, they can get in even if they pass me.»
Croft comments on Djokovic
Consultant in Great Britain, former player, 24th in the world in the 1980s and founder of her own academy, Annabel Croft was questioned by our colleagues at Tennis365 about the state of form of Novak Djokovic who has just made his arrival official.
in Paris before moving to Turin. “It certainly seems that Novak is the best player in the world and I guess we will find out in the next two weeks at the tournaments in Paris and Turin. You look at the way he played at Wimbledon, even after everything that happened to him, and he was flawless. He was magnificent and the way he found a way to beat Nick Kyrgois in the final was impressive.»