Hot and Humid New York Takes an Unexpected Victim in Daniil Medvedev as Discerning Signs Show His Suffering in an Intense US Open Match against Alex de Minaur

Published 09/04/2023, 7:47 PM EDT

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New York is on fire! The heat and humidity were so high that Daniil Medvedev found it difficult to play. “Brutal match, brutal match, because of brutal conditions,” he told the press later. In the ongoing match at the US Open between Daniil Medvedev and Alex de Minaur, the Russian faced a major blow to his health. The 27-year-old was fighting for a place in the quarter-final, but he seemed sluggish.

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The former World No.1 has not won a major since the 2021 Flushing Meadows title. He reached the finals of majors twice but couldn’t click the title. Now, in his match against de Minaur, the weather conditions were his biggest challenge.

Daniil Medvedev was on the verge of a physical breakdown

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The 3rd seed won 2 of his 3 matches in straight sets. But the match at Louis Armstrong Stadium was making him sweat and desperate to win the match as de Minaur was in the lead. Despite taking a precautionary medicine before the match, humidity took a toll on Medvedev and he struggled with breathing.

According to a post by ‘Olly Tennis,’ the one-time Grand Slam champion had to take the help of an inhaler. After being one set down, the doctor rushed to Medvedev’s aid, and the two discussed the situation.

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The tweet read, “Medvedev just got given an inhaler, he told the doctor that he already took something earlier today, and that he’s finding it very difficult to breathe in the hot and humid conditions… Down 2-4 to De Minaur, first set.”

The Australian won the first set, 2-6, and was leading the second. Medvedev had considerable time to turn the match towards him. He recovered from the setback and won the next three sets. With this win, Medvedev has also secured his spot at the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals—the third player to qualify after Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic.

While Medvedev was able to overcome the weather conditions and win the match, Ons Jabeur also faced a similar situation.

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Ons Jabeur fell prey to the fierce New York humidity

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The Wimbledon Championships finalist started her Flushing Meadows run with a medical emergency. During her first round against Camila Osorio, the Tunisian experienced breathlessness, due to which her blood pressure had to be monitored. Jabeur has a history of asthma, and it took her time to adjust to the humid weather. She managed to defeat Osorio, 7-5, 7-6 (4).

Similarly, while playing against Qinwen Zheng, Jabeur made a series of errors. She also faced some breathing issues. This gave Zheng an edge over the former World No.2, who was already struggling at that point.

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Jabeur eventually lost, and Zheng advanced to the quarter-finals. What are your thoughts about tennis players experiencing health issues because of extreme conditions? Let us know in the comments below.

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Krishna Priya

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Vadlamani Krishna Priya is a tennis writer at Essentially Sports. Pursuing her passion for storytelling, she has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Helped by her cousin who introduced her to the rules and regulations of the game during her childhood, Roger Federer matches became Priya's gateway to the world of tennis.
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