Novak Djokovic stays no.1 as Daniil Medvedev falls to Hubert Hurkacz in Miami Open

Daniil Medvedev said physical struggles destroyed any chance of a victory to reclaim the world number one ranking on Friday after falling to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 7-6 (9/7), 6-3 at the Miami Open.


Medvedev said he found it hard to breathe at times and was cramping so badly in the locker room he was like “a fish on a sofa.”


“All match, I wasn’t feeling my best,” Medvedev said. “After the tough points I was struggling to get my breath. I wasn’t recovering fast enough. You just have to fight but in the second set I felt strange.


“I don’t often feel like this but it happens sometimes when it’s hot. Maybe it was the heat but I was feeling dizzy and tired and there was one game where I couldn’t serve anymore. In the locker room I was cramping.”