Preview: Medvedev to Debut at Los Cabos in His Return to Action

Preview: Medvedev to Debut at Los Cabos in His Return to Action Photo: TT
Daniil Medvedev training in Los Cabos, Mexico on Monday. August 1, 2022. Photo Courtesy: Abierto de Tenis Mifel / Los Cabos Open.

World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev will debut at the Los Cabos Open on Wednesday, playing at tour level for the first time since June.

Top seed Daniil Medvedev headlines the field of the 6th edition of the Abierto de Tenis Mifel, also known as the Los Cabos Open.

On Monday, the 26-year-old spoke with the media, addressing his decision to play in the event: “There are many tournaments on the Tour, but I always want to visit new places and enjoy new countries. It is a new city, and I wanted to experience something new.

I think it’s a strong tournament, especially considering there is an ATP 500 in the United States, so it’s not easy to have the best players.”

The list of players includes the likes of second seed Felix Auger-Aliassime making his maiden appearance, defending champion Cameron Norrie, fourth seed Miomir Kecmanovic, 2018 champion Fabio Fognini, and sixth seed Brandon Nakashima.

For his part, Medvedev will seek to win his first title of the season on Mexican soil while setting off his hard-court swing, a path leading to his title defense at the fourth major, the U.S. Open, held in New York, late in August.

But for the time being, the 13-time ATP titlist’s focus is on opening his campaign in Mexico against Australian player World. No. 224, Rinky Hijikata.

They have never faced one another before at tour level.

I am enjoying staying here, but the main focus is tennis. Let’s hope everyone is ready. The new complex has everything we need, it feels like being in the desert, and the stadium is very big,” he concluded.

Their first-round matchup also marks Medvedev’s return to official competition.

After competing at the Mallorca Championships in June - losing in the quarterfinals to World No. 18 Roberto Bautista Agut, the Moscow native could not contest at Wimbledon due to the organizer’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from the Grand Slam.

Furthermore, the top three seeds will be in action Wednesday, setting off the third day of action at the ATP 250.

This season, the venue features a modern new main stadium, the Cabo Sports Complex (CSC), with a capacity of 3500 spectators; a second stadium, the Grandstand, accommodates up to 1200 tennis fans.

A duel that will also highlight the opening round is Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis facing the experienced Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

The Abierto de Tenis Mifel runs from August 1-6 in the sunny Los Cabos, Mexico.

Cecilia demartini
Sports Pundit staff writer @ceci_2812
Cecilia is a writer and journalist, passionate about motorsport and tennis.Her articles are published in newspapers and international online publications.

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