Medvedev, and his Alcaraz remark: “I can think of Nadal, but…”


The grand finale at Indian Wells will pit the two most fit players of the moment against each other. Daniil Medvedev will see them this Sunday (00:00h) with Carlos Alcarazwhich he did not hesitate to praise during his media appearances.

He is incredible. His incredible talent is hard to compare with anyone“He said in a press conference.

I would think maybe Rafa Nadal, but it’s hard to compare because Rafa is left-handed so you can’t really compare his ball.. Once he hits from the right, he is amazing to watch. I don’t think there is anyone who can hit it that hard and also with that much effect. That is why he is the youngest number one in history. That means something. It will be great and fun to play against him,” he reasoned.

With 19 consecutive match wins and three consecutive tournament wins (Rotterdam, Doha and Dubai), Medvedev, who is going through a good moment of form, qualified this Saturday for the Masters 1000 final in the California desert by beating American Frances Tiafoe 7-5, 7-6(4) in an hour and 46 minutes.

In the final they will face an Alcaraz who defeated the Italian Jannik Sinner 7-6(4) and 6-3 in the semifinals in one hour and 52 minutes.

If he defeats Medvedev in the title match, Alcaraz will also regain the world number onenow held by Serbian Novak Djokovic.

There is only one precedent between Medvedev and Alcaraz: a second round match at Wimbledon in 2021 which the Russian won 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.

He is definitely not the same player then as he is now.. So, in a way, it will be like a first match between us in terms of how we will deal with it tactically or physically,” Medvedev said.

I have confidence now. I think the surface is better for him but I will try to give the best of my tennis (…). But when I see him, I wonder sometimes that you see him in stellar moments where he runs everywhere and then finds the best shot at the best moment,” he said.

Source: La Verdad


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