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Medvedev out of Rotterdam Open with fatigue, foot issue

Australian Open finalist Daniil Medvedev is yet to recover from a gruelling campaign at Melbourne Park and has withdrawn from the Rotterdam Open.


Daniil Medvedev of Russia recovers after losing the Men’s Singles final against Jannik Sinner of Italy on Rod Laver Arena on Day 15 of the 2024 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Sunday, January 28, 2024. Image AAP

Defending champion Daniil Medvedev has pulled out of the Rotterdam Open due to fatigue and a right foot injury.


The 27-year-old, who lost to Italian Jannik Sinner 3-6 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-3 in the Australian Open final last month, spent a grand slam record 24 hours 17 minutes on court at Melbourne Park.


Medvedev, the Russian world No.3, beat Sinner in the Rotterdam final last year.


"Unfortunately I have to pull out of Rotterdam," the 2021 US Open champion said in a statement on Monday (Tuesday AEDT).


"After an incredibly tough and long run in Australia my body (and especially my right foot) is not recovered enough yet to play come and defend my title.


"I love playing in Rotterdam, have a long history with the event, and look forward to coming back in 2025."


World No.4 Sinner will be the top seed at the hard-court tournament following Medvedev's withdrawal, with Andrey Rublev, Holger Rune and Hubert Hurkacz among the other top-ranked players participating in the ATP 500 event.


The tournament takes place from February 12-18.


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