‘He’s right’ – Andrey Rublev echoes Daniil Medvedev on ATP Finals conditions
Andrey Rublev has joined compatriot Daniil Medvedev in addressing the conditions at the new venue for the ATP Finals in Turin, Italy.
After 12 editions in London, the ATP Finals have moved to Turin for the first time this year.
The new venue until at least 2025 presents new conditions, particularly with regards to altitude and court surface.
“I think I prefer fast conditions, but here it’s probably the fastest I have ever faced on the ATP tour,” Medvedev said after his first match against Hubert Hurkacz.
“I think it’s a combination of air, which is really dry here and I think the ball goes very fast through the air,” he added.
Rublev played his first match at the 2021 event against 2019 champion Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The Russian won 6-4, 6-4, and spoke about the conditions on-court following his victory.
“I agree with Medvedev that this is the fastest surface I’ve played on this year,” he said.
“In my opinion, it is too fast. I wish it were much much slower, because there are very few rallies.”
If anyone benefitted from the speed of the court in that match it was Rublev.
The 24-year-old won 37 of 41 points behind his first serve across the match (90%) and did not face a single break point.
Moreover, he and Tsitsipas combined for 54 winners across the two sets, 27 each.
Next up, Rublev will face world number one Novak Djokovic. The two men have never played before. Rublev is the only player in Turin that Djokovic has never faced.
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