Daniil Medvedev has been recovering from an inguinal hernia operation. The world number 2 started the year on a song but unfortunately lost to an ever-resilient Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final. He then played three more tournaments with a quarterfinal and a semifinal appearance. He also briefly became the world’s number one but couldn’t hold the spot for long. On April 2, he announced that he would undergo a procedure for hernia removal and was sidelined from the tour and missed most of the clay season. He has recovered well to return for the practice sessions ahead of the French Open 2022.
He had begun training in the clay and will be playing a tournament in Geneva for getting his batteries warmed up for the battle in the French clay. Medvedev plans to show his worth as world number 2 at the Roland-Garros. Though clay has never been Medvedev’s preferred surface, as known from his comments like: “Do you like it to be in the dirt like a dog?”, he would still like to put up a good performance.
Daniil Medvedev looks to become world number 1 again.
Medvedev has become a clear world number 2. Last year, he played three consecutive finals in Paris Masters, the US Open, and ATP tour finals. He won the US Open and the Rogers Cup before that and was looking to go on a rampage with the absence of Novak Djokovic from the tour last few months. Then with his procedure and Djokovic gaining his form back, Medvedev has to lay out a plan of his own. Since Russia and Belarus were banned by the Wimbledon, the ATP and WTA are mulling over the plan not to consider the Wimbledon ranking, and so, Medvedev will have some respite in his ranking concerns.
Medvedev’s plan, as laid out by his coach Gilles Cervara as per TennisMajors is: “The goal is to win the three grass-court tournaments he is entered in.” Medvedev will play in three tournaments and has 1000 points to take from Hertogenbosch, Halle, and Mallorca. He is looking to get back to business and the fans would love to see him in action.