Daniil Medvedev Withdraws from the Tournament in Moscow; Nikola Milojević to Replace Him

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After winning the Masters 1000 tournament in Shanghai, Russian sensation Daniil Medvedev has decided to skip the Kremlin Cup. Nikola Milojević from Serbia will take his place in the main draw.

Medvedev has played in six consecutive finals and nine overall in 2019, so the reason for withdrawing from the competition is probably fatigue. He was coming into the Moscow tournament as the no.1 seed after beating Alexander Zverev in the Shanghai final that took place on Sunday.

Russian news agency Tass stated that Medvedev is feeling exhausted physically and psychologically after his Shanghai victory.

It’s a pity that I cannot play in the tournament. But it is sports. No one could have anticipated that I would play so well in Shanghai. But now I feel exhausted mentally and physically. As a professional, I can’t participate in a tournament unless I’m 100% ready, said the 23-year-old Russian, who already won four titles this season.

The fourth-best player in the world will hand over his spot to Nikola Milojević, a young prospect from Serbia. Nikola will start the tournament from the second round. There, he will wait for the winner of the match between Kachmazov and Alen Avidzba, which is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

The tournament in the Russian capital falls into the category of 250 and has a prize pool of $840,130.