‘Super tough’ – Daniil Medvedev gives verdict on Turin court speed
Daniil Medvedev says the court in Turin is the fastest the ATP have produced all year.
Medvedev played his first match of the tournament on Monday, facing compatriot Andrey Rublev in Red Group.
It did not go well for him, with Rublev coming from a set down to record a fine 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 win.
Medvedev won the ATP Finals in 2020 and is known as one of the finest hardcourt players in the world, but he admitted he had difficulty adapting to the raw pace offered by the surface in Turin.
“[It is] super tough to go from Vienna, which is fast hard court, and I generally like fast hard courts more than slow hard courts, to [Paris] where it was probably the slowest indoor hard court,” Medvedev said.
‘’Here is the fastest of the year. To get used to it you need matches. That was a match today, so that is why I’m saying I hope the next one is going to be better.
“That’s why I had some mistakes where I was late on the legs, was late in the movement and took the ball late.”
Daniil Medvedev will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in his second round robin match, with the loser facing elimination from the tournament, and he is hoping he feels more comfortable on court than he did against Rublev.
‘’There are some matches where you feel you’re untouchable, and everything you do — let’s put it this way — turns into gold,’’ Medvedev said. ‘’Today was not one of them.
“I didn’t feel amazing during the match. I would enjoy it if I would feel better in terms of tennis. But, again, looking back, [there were] some great points.
‘’This can make you play better and turn things into gold in the next matches.”
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