Daniil Medvedev blames ‘exhaustion’ for major collapse versus Grigor Dimitrov

World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev revealed he was pretty exhausted at the Indian Wells Masters and indicated that he could skip next week’s ATP event in Moscow. 

On Wednesday, top-seeded Medvedev suffered a shock loss in Indian Wells as Grigor Dimitrov recovered from a set and two breaks down to beat Medvedev 4-6 6-4 6-3. 

“I need to see next two days what I do, because I’m signed in Moscow, which is next week,” Medvedev said, per Tennis Majors. “I did sign, because I haven’t played there since 2018. It’s my hometown, so I wanted to give myself at least a chance to sign, and this time I’m in the draw.The deadline is Friday.

“(But) to be honest, yeah, I did feel exhausted this tournament, which of course I will never say before matches, so now I can say it. I did feel tired, and there were a few things coming up during the tournament in terms of my physical. So I’m going to see next few days after this tough match if I’m going to be able to compete in Moscow, which I really want to do, but, yeah, I need to take care of my body. But anyway, I’m going to go there, just, yeah, I need to see a little bit before the deadline if I’m going to retire or not.”

Dimitrov ended his losing streak versus Medvedev 

Medvedev was seeking a fourth consecutive win over Dimitrov and he was on the verge of doing it but the Bulgarian recovered to make the Indian Wells quarterfinal. 

“He is such a tough player and competitor,” Dimitrov said in his on-court interview. “Over the past year, I have played him a few times and haven’t been able to find a way. But today, I just felt something at 1-4 and I calmed myself down and started to take better decisions and started to control the pace of the game, which I really believed helped me. In the end it was just very solid and smart play.”