Daniil Medvedev has given an update on his injury ahead of his first match since retiring to Novak Djokovic after losing the second set of their Astana Open semi-final clash. The world No 4 was leading by a set and lost a tight tiebreak to the Serb before suddenly abandoning the match but is ready to go at the Vienna ATP 500.
Medvedev is back in action at the Erste Bank Open, just over two weeks after he bizarrely retired to Djokovic during their Astana semi-final after he didn’t appear to be in any physical discomfort. Speaking to media after the match, the 26-year-old said he felt something in his adductor “pop” and didn’t want to risk being sidelined for months by making the issue worse.
And it appears the 2021 US Open champion made the right decision, as he says he feels “100 per cent” ahead of his opening match in Vienna. “It was a strain, I don’t want to say a small strain, let’s call it a medium strain,” he told the ATP.
“We have done a good job with my physio, thanks to him.” The 14-time title winner is the top seed in Vienna and will face Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round, with home favourite Dominic Thiem already awaiting the winner in round two.
But he confessed that his participation in the ATP 500 event had been in doubt until the last minute, as he got in one final training session on Saturday that made him decide to compete. Medvedev continued: “I was able to get a full 100 per cent session on Saturday to decide if I was coming here as I was not 100 per cent sure.
“I didn’t feel any pain so I came here, had a good practice session, played good tennis, was running all over the court so feeling 100 per cent ready.” The Russian is also bidding to book his spot in the ATP Finals for the fourth consecutive year.
He is currently next in line to earn a spot with 3,555 ranking points earned so far in 2022. Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz, Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas have all booked their spots in the season-ending championships while Novak Djokovic also qualified as one of this season’s Grand Slam winners who has finished in the top 20 of the race, despite not reaching the usual top eight spot required to qualify.
Medvedev is fifth in the race behind Tsitsipas and can earn 500 points if he walks away with the title in Vienna this week. The 26-year-old won the ATP Finals in its final year at London’s O2 Arena in 2020 before reaching the final last year during its inaugural season in Turin, losing to Alexander Zverev.