Daniil Medvedev won’t take part at the ATP Vienna Open this year after withdrawing from the tournament following a stunning run over the past few weeks on the ATP circuit.
Medvedev, who won the Shanghai Masters this month, making it his sixth consecutive finals appearance confirmed that he will withdraw from the ATP 500 event, the Vienna Open.
Medvedev will lose out on his chance to continue his incredible streak with his withdrawal from his home event in Moscow and Vienna.
During a press conference in Shanghai, Medvedev said, “as a professional, I can’t afford to step on the court if I’m not 100% ready.” He has cited mental and physical fatigue as the reason for pulling out of the Open. Medvedev has secured an astounding 59 wins on tour this year out of the 76 matches he has played.
Tournament director Herwig Straka had this to say:
“Daniil Medvedev has waited two days after his withdrawal from Moscow to see how his body responds. After a very intense program in the past weeks, he is still completely enervated and is not able to compete in Vienna.”
Medvedev will most likely return for the Paris Masters, an ATP 1000 event at the end of October before playing at the ATP Finals for which he not only qualified but has now taken the third spot on the Race to London, above tennis legend, Roger Federer.
“I could have never dreamed that I would play six consecutive finals. And those are not little finals: three in Masters 1000s plus a Grand Slam. That’s something amazing. Overcoming Roger on the rankings is something I have been dreaming since my childhood.”
Medvedev has won four titles this year, two masters’ titles at Cincinnati and Shanghai and the title at St. Petersburg and Sofia.
The Vienna Open begins on October 21 and will feature top players like Dominic Thiem, Borna Coric, Denis Shapovalov, Grigor Dimitrov, Karen Khachanov and Gael Monfils. With Medvedev’s withdrawal, Thiem is now seeded first for his home event.