World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev claims the conditions at the ATP Finals in Turin are the fastest he has experienced on the Tour.
Medvedev, the defending ATP Finals champion, beat Hubert Hurkacz 6-7 (5) 6-3 6-4 in his opener at the season-ending event.
“I definitely enjoy hardcourts, that’s the only thing I can say,” Medvedev said, per Tennis Majors. “I think I prefer fast conditions, but here it’s probably the fastest I have ever faced on the ATP Tour. (On the) Challenger (Tour) you can play on carpet sometimes which is fast and different, but here I don’t think it’s the surface itself because, to be honest, surface probably is exactly the same as in London (where the ATP Finals were held in the previous 12 years).
“I think it’s a combination of air, which is really dry here and I think the ball goes very fast through the air, the balls itself, which are quite fast balls, and the court, which, I mean, we saw it in the match, I was barely under pressure on my serve against a great returner. And same for me, I had just two games where I had break points, first set was zero breaks. What was it, like 35 minutes to get to tiebreak? So super fast.”
Medvedev looking forward to seeing how will others play
Medvedev, who captured his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open, is interested in seeing how will other ATP Finals participants deal with the quickness of the court in Turin.
“I wonder to see the other matches, the other three matches to see how they cope up with the speed because, again, for me and Hubie it was like just who makes one good shot in the point,” he said. “I wonder if it’s going to be the same for other guys. Sometimes during the tournament you get more used to it and that’s where you have more points and stuff.”