MADRID (AFP) – Russian star Daniil Medvedev pulled out of the inaugural Davis Cup Finals, which started last night, due to exhaustion, his captain Shamil Tarpischev said last Sunday.
The world number four lost all three of his matches at this week’s ATP Finals in London, including blowing a 5-1 deciding-set lead and missing a match point against Rafael Nadal.
Tarpischev said Medvedev told him after his defeat by Alexander Zverev last Friday that he would not make the trip to Madrid.
“I knew right after his match against Zverev,” said Tarpischev.
“We talked about it a lot but I asked him not to rush into a decision and to talk about it the next day.
“He told me he was running on empty. He told me that he was ready to help the team, but that in his condition he was no better than the other members of the team and asked not to come.”
Medvedev’s withdrawal leaves Russia with only three players for the tournament – Karen Khachanov, Andrey Rublev and Evgeny Donskoy.
“The absence of Daniil Medvedev of course makes it more difficult for us, because I have fewer options,” added Tarpischev.
“But I still think we have a good team and we will fight.”