ATP Cup: Daniil Medvedev is leading a Russian team in Sydney depleted by injuries and Covid-19 as they look to defend the title won against Italy last year.
Daniil Medvedev suffered a shock defeat in his opening match of the season against France's Ugo Humbert Sunday at the ATP Cup, upsetting his preparations for the Australian Open. The US Open champion is leading a Russian team in Sydney depleted by injuries and Covid-19 as they look to defend the title won against Italy last year. But world number two Medvedev, who captured four tour-level titles in 2021, was stunned by impressive 35th-ranked Ugo Humbert on a hot Sydney day.
The Frenchman rallied from a set down to pull off a big upset 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 7-6 (7/2) in a gruelling 2hr 55min as Medvedev, red-faced from the heat, ran out of steam.
"It was very tough today, but I'm very happy," said Humbert after one of the biggest wins of his career.
"I had some opportunities in the first set, and I just tried to stay relaxed, stay focused on what I had to do and it was a great match."
With fifth ranked Andrey Rublev missing after contracting coronavirus at an Abu Dhabi exhibition last month, unheralded Roman Safiullin was drafted in as Russia's second singles player.