Medvedev abandons Rotterdam, and Sinner hints at No. 3

Use your calculator: Daniil Medvedev, who was defeated by Jannik Sinner in the Australian Open final after leading two sets to 0, abandoned the ATP 500 tournament in Rotterdam where he was defending the title. This opens the door for Jannik Sinner, who has the potential, if he wins the tournament, to rise to third place in the standings, ahead of Medvedev, albeit by a small margin. “Unfortunately, I have to cancel my participation in the tournament. After the major tournament in Australia, which was particularly difficult and long, my body and especially my right foot have not yet reached their best condition,” Medvedev wrote on his social media pages. For this reason, the Russian, who still has a very busy schedule of tournaments ahead of him, will not be able to defend his title. “I love playing here, I have a good tradition in this tournament, and I can’t wait to come back in 2025.”

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So it's time to dust off the counter and do some calculations: Medvedev currently has 8,765 points in the world rankings. Therefore, after Rotterdam, he will lose 500 points from his victory over Jannik a year ago and will drop to 8,265 points. Siner currently has 8,310 points. On Monday, he will lose 240 points, and at the end of the Rotterdam tournament, he will also lose 300 points from last year’s final. Therefore, a total of 7,770 points must be added to those he obtained in Rotterdam in 2024. However, obtaining 500 points to win the title would make him the first Italian in the top three in the computerized classification era by just five points. And second only to Nicola Pietrangeli, who was ranked No. 3 in the world in 1959 and 1960 in the rankings compiled by journalist Lance Tingay.

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