Daniil Medvedev: “I understood that if I performed in Moscow or St. Petersburg, I would put myself in jeopardy”

The second racket of the world, Russian Daniil Medvedev, explained that he had withdrawn from the “VTB Kremlin Cup” not only because of fatigue.

– Sometimes I don’t want to tell what is happening with the body. The reason for refusing to participate in the Kremlin Cup is not only fatigue. There were a couple of things in Indian Wells during the tournament that I felt, but I don't want to talk about them. I try not to reveal any of my feelings about injuries. In principle, nothing serious, but there were things that made me realize that I would not be able to play in the Kremlin Cup. There is not much moral fatigue. On the contrary, it is only on the rise. And physically it's hard, especially at the end of the season. Since the Olympics, I have not returned home. After Tokyo, I immediately flew to America, where I stayed for 2.5-3 months without leaving.

Kremlin Cup and St. Petersburg Open, I very rarely missed it. I have a goal to win the Kremlin Cup, perhaps more than once. I want to try to play more often in front of my audience, because there are not many opportunities. But I understood that if I spoke here or in St. Petersburg, I would put myself in jeopardy. There is an option that I will play and nothing will happen. But I work with a large team, which told me that if you want to finish the season well and be ready for the next one, then it is better to skip these tournaments. Together we decided we needed to sacrifice this this year. Especially because the calendar was unusual. Due to the Olympics and the coronavirus, all tournament dates have changed. Indian Wells was not when it usually was. All this together gave such a result, – said Medvedev.

Medvedev is 25 years old, he has 13 titles under the auspices of the ATP. In September, the Russian won the US Open. Before the start of the Kremlin Cup, Daniel played at the Masters in Indian Wells, where he lost in the fourth round to the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

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