Medvedev, stopped in the fourth by Hurkacz, will hope to be number 1 in the world again

Daniil Medvedev will look forward to winning his first title this season and will wait before becoming number 1 in the world again: visibly weakened physically, he could not avoid Thursday’s quarterfinal defeat in Miami, ahead of hard title holder Hubert Hurkacz.

Favorite of the event, the 2nd in the world, finalist of the last Australian Open, lost 7-6 (9/7), 6-3 against the Pole, 10th player in the world.

A direct consequence for the Russian, he will not return to the throne of the ATP circuit on Monday. Only access to the last four would have allowed him to re-evict Novak Djokovic, who had been robbed of first place for two weeks before returning to the Serb on March 21.

After a lost semifinal in Acapulco, against Rafael Nadal, already his executioner in Melbourne, and a surprise elimination in the 3rd round of the Indian Wells against Gaël Monfils, this new defeat comes to sound the end of a first quarter unsatisfactory and probably frustrating. by Medvedev, who never plays better than on hard courts.

He assured us that in the last few weeks he would not put too much pressure on his back in terms of the No. 1 place in the world, although he openly coveted it, he did not find the stratospheric level that was his in the Open. from the US six months ago. , where, relentlessly in the final, he had shattered the dream of a Grand Slam in a season of Djokovic, preventing him from becoming the most successful in history.

But on Thursday he fell to the last master of the place, determined to keep the title he won last year to everyone’s surprise against Italian Jannik Sinner.

– Wardrobe and physiotherapist –

“He’s an extraordinary player, but I was coming back well and putting pressure on his service. It’s a nice feeling to be back as a champion,” said the winner.

Hurkacz, who tied with two wins everywhere in his clashes, was the most enterprising on the court, often unleashing devastating free kicks and no hesitation in climbing the net to better corner his opponent.

With an excellent first ball (76%), the Pole knew not to be disunited when Medvedev, after saving two balls from the first set with a 5-2, broke to drive the decisive match. Tight, the tiebreaker ended up smiling at Hurkacz who needed three more chances.

The Russian then went to the locker room and the wait lasted eight minutes. Prestige of a weakening that became more and more evident in the second set, in very humid conditions.

The match, however, resumed with revenge and he had to fight for nine minutes to maintain his first serve game. On the other hand, he gave up his commitment in the third, which lasted more than ten minutes, Hurkacz managed to double it in his sixth break.

Tennis / Miami: Medvedev, stopped in the fourth by Hurkacz, hopes to be No. 1 in the world again

Forced several times to lean back on his racket to recover after the exchanges, Medvedev called the physiotherapist, complaining of dizziness. Despite his bravery, trying to narrow the gap to 5-4 was enough to shorten Hurkacz’s ordeal after 2:03.

Tennis / Miami: Medvedev, stopped in the fourth by Hurkacz, hopes to be No. 1 in the world again

The Pole, who will play his third semi-final this year, after the ATP Cup and the Dubai tournament, remains in the running for a never-before-scored double in Miami for the men.

His next rival will be the Spanish phenomenon Carlos Alcaraz (16th) or the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic (48th).

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