Matteo Berrettini n. 1 of the social world

Ever since Rafa Nadal reassembled that grueling final at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Daniil Medvedev’s season has taken a bad turn. Of course, the conquest of world number 1 against Novak Djokovic softens not a little the series of unsatisfactory results he has lined up in recent months. However, he will not have the opportunity to make up for it quickly, since as he himself communicated via social media, he will have to stop for a while. In fact, just concluded the Miami Open, where he lost to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals, Medvedev he underwent a small operation for the removal of a hernia, and with these words he explained the situation:

“Hi everyone, for the last few months I have been playing with a small hernia. Together with my team I therefore decided to undergo a small procedure to solve this problem. Chances are I’ll be out for 1 or 2 months. I will work hard to get back on the pitch as soon as possible. Thanks for the support”.

At the moment, therefore, with Nadal still at least a month still due to the problem in his ribs (even if his doctor is confident) and Berrettini operated on his right hand, there are three representatives of the top 10 stopped in the pits. This problem it will force the Russian to miss most of the season on clay, which sees the first major event, the ATP 1000 in Monte Carlo, will begin on 10 April. In Miami the Russian tried to regain first place in the ATP rankings, lost to Indian Wells following the defeat against Gael Monfils. Hurkacz, however, denied him the counter-overtaking, and at the moment Medvedev in the live perspective of the ranking would be only 10 points behind Djokovic from next Monday.

Although – as he himself repeatedly stated – he does not like playing on chopped brick very much, the tournaments scheduled in the spring would have constituted a further opportunity not only to regain the first place in the standings, but also to regain a close state of form. to that seen in Australia. In this sense, certainly the hernia (he did not specify however in which part of his body he was) partly justifies the latest opaque outings of the defending US Open champion. Assuming an absence of at least one month for certain, Medvedev could return to the field at the Masters 1000 in Rome (May 8-15) and then at Roland Garros (May 22-June 5). However, according to what he communicated, he may even miss the entire clay season and return to the field in June for Wimbledon.

Medvedev defends a few points from now to the end of Roland Garros, in comparison to his direct opponents in the world ranking. In fact, last year he collected an eighth-final in Madrid, a second round in Rome and a quarter-final in Paris, for a total of 460 points. To these, another 330 points relating to Barcelona and Monte Carlo 2019 must also be added (still frozen due to the changes to the rankings). Much heavier the bill for Djokovic, weighed down by the 2000 points of the victory in Paris. The Serbian, however, will make his return to the field at the Monte Carlo tournament, which will kick off on 10 April.

Meanwhile, without thinking about all these calculations, Medvedev posted on Instagram and Twitter a photo from his hospital room, where he was watching Liverpool-Watford, a match that opened the Premier League match at 12.30 on Saturday. “Recovery … but I don’t miss a football match anyway” he wrote.

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