Daniil Medvedev was unable to regain the top of the ATP rankings at the Masters 1000 in Miami. The Russian player should have pushed to at least the semifinals to overtake Novak Djokovic again, but he didn't deliver his best tennis against defending champion Hubert Hurkacz.
The Pole signed the first break at the opening and then shivered when he was called to serve for the set. It was the tie-break that definitively shifted the balance; a very hard-fought tie-break and closed with a score of 9-7 by Hurkacz.
In the second half of the game, Medvedev appeared physically in difficulty and, despite his efforts, suffered two breaks and lost with a resounding 6-3. The reign of the 26-year-old from Moscow lasted just three weeks. Gael Monfils in Indian Wells thought of putting an end to his primacy.
The Russian hasn't won any tournament at the start of the season and will have to postpone the appointment for at least a month and a half. Medvedev has in fact announced that he will remain in the pits to undergo a minor surgery for the removal of a hernia.
"Hello everyone. For the past few months, I've been playing with a small hernia. Together with my team I decided to undergo a small intervention to solve the problem. I will probably stay out for the next 1-2 months and work hard to get back on the pitch soon.
Thanks for all the support." Medvedev should therefore skip all season on clay, one of the surfaces he hates most, which will begin with the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo. The Russian will try to return to Wimbledon, where he could however encounter problems of a political nature.
Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston has in fact specified that Russian tennis players will be banned from Wimbledon if they decide not to demonstrate their opposition to the war in Ukraine through a written declaration. A decision that will affect all Russian athletes.
Nick Kyrgios defends Emma Raducanu from criticism
Emma Raducanu's season didn't start as the player hoped.
Since the beginning of 2022, the British tennis player has only won two games: against Stephens in the opening match of the Australian Open and in the first match of Indian Wells against France’s Garcia. A difficult moment that starts right from the victory of the US Open last year: after the conquest of the Slam title, there were four victories obtained by Raducanu.
For this drop suffered by the number thirteen in the world, there have been numerous criticisms leveled against the player. Among the most severe, there was the comment of Daniela Hantuchova. The player, former world number five, made not entirely flattering comments on Emma Raducanu's performances in recent months.
With the British defeat against Katerina Siniakova in the second round of the Miami Open, the former champion made some statements, taken from Eurosport: "I think this defeat can hurt her a lot, especially for the number of chances she had during the match, where it was the best pretty much most of the time.
The thing is, now all the girls want to beat Emma, so they're all trying to figure out how to play against her. All the respect she earned in the locker room after winning the US Open is now disappearing, she is losing it, which is a shame," said the former Slovakian tennis player.
"It will be important for Emma to consider the things she needs to change. At this age, what you want is to be fit, to show everyone that you are ready to win tournaments like this. I think Emma has the level, she just has to find a way to get it out," said Hantuchova about Raducanu.
Although not involved in the discussion, Nick Kyrgios still decided to express his opinion, defending Emma Raducanu. Without mentioning Daniela Hantuchova in his tweet, Kyrgios commented on the words of the former Slovakian tennis player: "I read an article about the words of a former player who spoke of Raducanu, no offense but she is down a much much bigger name."