Daniil Medvedev never misses an opportunity during the Combined event in Indian Wells to offer his unflattering opinion on the condition of the hard courts there. Holger Rune jumps to the side of the Russian on the subject.
by Stefan Bergman
last edited: 03/18/2023, 8:47 p.m
Daniil Medvedev has now won 18 matches in a row – at this time of year, of course, all on hard court, his absolute favorite surface, as he has often mentioned himself. In contrast to the surfaces of his tournament victories in Rotterdam, Doha and Dubai, the Russian doesn’t leave a single good hair on the conditions in Indian Wells.
“I’m going to pee as slowly as this court is”, “These are definitely not hard courts” or “This court is a damn shame for this sport” are just a few of the heartiest statements that the 2021 US Open champion in has given the best of the last few days. The Muscovite is currently in the semi-finals of the combined event in the Californian desert.
“You had to mentally adjust to the clay court”
Holger Rune proves that Medvedev’s judgment is not an individual opinion. The young Dane, who is already training in Miami for the next ATP Masters 1000 tournament after his departure against old master Stan Wawrinka, was in any case not a big fan of the runs at the fifth Grand Slam tournament – sometimes called that year.
“This year there were many differences in terms of conditions. In Indian Wells, the courts were extremely slow and the balls were heavy. You almost had to mentally prepare for clay court tennis,” explained the current world number eight. “It was completely different from Mexico, where I played before, with a much lighter ball. [..] Now I’m looking forward to playing in Miami, which is more Mexican.”
Here the single tableau from Indian Wells.
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