Tired Daniil Medvedev takes extended break to avoid burnout

Daniil Medvedev

Playing in six consecutive finals takes its toll as Daniil Medvedev has found out with the Russian star forced to skip another tournament to avoid overexertion.

The 23-year-old Medvedev enjoyed a dream hard-court season in North America as he reached four finals in a row, winning in Cincinnati and finishing runner-up in Washington, Montreal and the US Open.

And he carried that form over to the St Petersburg Open as he won the title on home soil before heading to Asia where he also collected the Shanghai Masters trophy.

The world No 4 opted to sit out this week’s Kremlin Cup to prepare for the final few weeks of the season, but was expected to return in Austria next week.

However, he has now decided to also withdraw from the ATP 500 Vienna Open in order to be fresh for the Paris Masters, which starts on October 28.

“Medvedev has made a decision to pull out from the tournament because he needed to take care of himself,” Shamil Tarpishchev, the president of the Russian Tennis Federation told TASS.

“He had a very tiresome ending of the season, he needs taking a pause to avoid a possible psychologically stressed-out situation.”

He added: “He [Medvedev] has passed a medical examination in Moscow and everything is all right with his health.”

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