Daniil Medvedev branded the courts in Turin as ‘the fastest he has ever seen’ after a successful start to his ATP Finals defence.
The world number two started his campaign against debutant Hubert Hurkacz, and overcame a slow start to earn a 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 win.
Not only was it Hurkacz’s debut, but also Turin’s, and Medvedev said the conditions at the ATP Finals’ new home certainly made an impression.
“I think I prefer fast conditions, but this is probably the fastest I’ve ever faced on the ATP Tour,” Medvedev told reporters after the match.
“I don’t think it’s the surface itself, because it’s probably the same as in London.
“But I think it’s a combination of the air, which is drier here. The ball goes very fast through the air.
“The balls are fast and, in the match, I was barely under pressure on my serve against a great returner.
“It was super-fast. I want to watch the other three matches to see how they cope with the speed.
“For Hubi and I, it was a case of who makes one good shot in the point. I wonder if it’s the same for the other guys.”
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