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Wimbledon Champ Frederik Nielsen: ‘A Hell Of A Ride’

  • Posted: Mar 03, 2022

Wimbledon Champ Frederik Nielsen: ‘A Hell Of A Ride’

Denmark Davis Cup captain looks to life beyond tennis.

On 7th July 2012, Frederik Nielsen was on top of the world.

“It was one big ride of joy from start to finish,” recalls the 38-year-old of a manic Wimbledon fortnight as he and Brit Jonathan Marray came from nowhere to clinch the doubles title with a thrilling five-set win over Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau. “Playing with Jonny made it better because we got along well, and we were able to get the best out of each other.”

Fast forward 10 years and the Denmark Davis Cup captain announced his retirement from professional tennis after a second-round doubles defeat partnering Treat Huey at the 2022 Australian Open.

“I still loved the lifestyle of being a professional tennis player,” Nielsen told this week. “But I didn’t have anything left to play for and it was the natural finishing of my career.

“Combined with the fact that I have a young kid, Ciara [Nielsen’s wife] has put a lot aside for my tennis and I look forward now to having her priorities at the top of the list.”

The Wimbledon win is inevitably a career highlight for Nielsen, who had always held a personal connection with the tournament. “I grew up coming to Wimbledon,” he said. “My grandfather [two-time singles finalist Kurt Nielsen] was a member there so he had access. I remember every morning I would look at the order of play, see what courts I was going to go to.

“Sometimes when I walked past a court that didn’t have a match on, I would put my hand on the grass to feel what it was like because I’d never played on a grass court, and I was just in awe of the entire experience and place. Every time I’ve come back, I’ve been able to appreciate the grandness of Wimbledon.”

Clinching a Grand Slam title helped push Nielsen to his career-high doubles ranking of 17 in the 2013 season and he also picked up two ATP Tour titles (Chennai 2014 with Johan Brunstrom, Munich 2019 with Tim Puetz), but the Dane is just as proud of his achievements on the singles court.

“When I started playing, I didn’t think I was going to be good enough to get one ATP [Ranking] point,” he said. “That never got lost on me, I was always able to remember where I came from and fully enjoy whatever the tour bought to me, whatever level I was playing.

“Qualifying for the Australian Open singles [in 2012] was huge. If you’re in the main draw of a slam that’s the pinnacle of tennis. I never really expected to do it, so to get that chance was special. A lot of hard work over many years and I was able to play a slam, that was big for me.”

Nielsen was also a Davis Cup stalwart for Denmark, playing in 45 ties between 2003 and 2021. “We were lucky to have some years where we had success,” he said. “It culminated by playing a full-strength Spain team at home. The camaraderie with those particular guys in the team and the euphoria of achieving that was definitely special.”

Nielsen will stay in tennis, having started a job as National Coach at the Danish Tennis Federation alongside his Davis Cup duties. It marks an exciting new chapter after a highly satisfying career on tour.

“I loved every second of it,” he said. “It’s been a hell of a ride and I feel very privileged to have experienced it.”

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Del Potro: A Night, A Career To Remember

  • Posted: Mar 03, 2022

Del Potro: A Night, A Career To Remember reflects on Del Potro’s emotional night in Buenos Aires

Before the final game of Juan Martin del Potro’s loss in the first round of last month’s Argentina Open against Federico Delbonis, the fan favourite burst into tears. It had been two-and-a-half years since his most recent tournament. Four right knee surgeries made the Argentine doubt he would ever make it back. In that emotional moment, it hit Del Potro.

Seventeen years after turning professional, this might be the end. 

Del Potro’s tears were not from a place of sadness, though. In fact, he smiled for most of the night in front of the raucous Buenos Aires crowd. “Ole! Ole, Ole Ole! Delpo! Delpo!” Those chants reverberated throughout the stadium as Argentine flags waved in the air. Del Potro whirled his racquet like a magician’s wand, encouraging the fans with a wide grin.

The 33-year-old had nothing else to prove on a tennis court — the former World No. 3’s 22 tour-level titles speak for themselves. But after years of rehab and ups and downs, the determined Argentine wanted another moment with his fans. Although Del Potro has not announced his retirement, the night will not soon be forgotten.

“It was something spectacular and an unforgettable day that I will remember forever as one of the best days of my career,” Del Potro told “I experienced one of the most beautiful emotions that this sport gave me and I will always keep it in my heart.”

It was an emotional evening for everyone in tennis, including his colleagues, both in Buenos Aires and around the world. Diego Schwartzman had plenty of praise for his countryman.

“Delpo deserved everything he [experienced] on the court,” Schwartzman said. “Everything was emotional, his tennis was not a priority and he achieved all that he wanted, which was to rediscover the love of the people.”

As good as Del Potro has been at the sport he loves, he is even better at making people happy. The Tandil native is known for his trademark forehand. But more important than the number of winners the gentle giant struck is how he treats his profession and those around him.

People love Del Potro, win or lose. He invited fans along for the ride and no matter the result, he fought his hardest to give them a moment to remember. You will not find many people — if any — who have a bad thing to say about Del Potro. His smile is infectious and his game magnetic. Nobody competed with a greater mix of ferocity and sportsmanship.

Del Potro might not have known just how emotional his Buenos Aires match would be, but he was aware of how much it means to players when they near the end. At the 2013 US Open, former World No. 4 James Blake retired following a late-night loss in the first round. When he returned to Arthur Ashe Stadium, there were three players in the locker room: Andy Murray, Alex Bogomolov Jr. and sixth-seeded Del Potro.

“He came over and gave me a big hug. He said, ‘Congratulations, I wanted to be here. I saw what happened’,” Blake told “I was walking around and his trainer came over and said, ‘Hey, just so you know, he saw what was possibly going to happen and we have been waiting here for an hour. He wouldn’t leave. He wanted to wait’.

“He was waiting around because he saw I was losing in the fifth set and waited to see me. I just thought that showed him as someone who cared. He was just a genuinely nice person who cared about his competitors… I really appreciated it.”

Juan Martin del Potro, Indian Wells champion 2018.
Juan Martin del Potro, Indian Wells champion 2018. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
That has always been his way, whether with colleagues or fans he had never met before. Del Potro towers above his opponents — physically and often in skill — but he never sees himself as better or more important than anyone around him. The Argentine makes plenty of lifetime fans by simply being kind, whether stopping to sign an autograph, saying hello or snapping a selfie.

In 2008, Frances Tiafoe’s coach told him about a rising player he should model his game after: Del Potro. Tiafoe did not often pursue autographs as a kid, but he asked the Argentine for one at the Citi Open, and he happily obliged.

“I just wanted to be like this guy. This guy’s a legend,” Tiafoe said. “When we played for the first time in Acapulco [in 2017], he won 7-6 in the third. It was a great battle. I remember telling him he was my favourite player growing up and he was like, ‘I heard, I heard. I think you’re going to have a great future.’ He’s just a legend, honestly.

“People just got behind him. He showed emotions, he cared, he had personality. I was a fan of his and he’s a legend. I hope he keeps going, but if this is it, he should walk with his head high forever.”

Perhaps the toughest part of evaluating Del Potro’s career is wondering what could have been if he had a clean bill of health. Early on, Del Potro appeared to be the man who would halt the dominance of the ‘Big Four’. The Argentine feared no opponent. A smooth stroke of his monstrous forehand could take the racquet out of anyone’s hands. He knew it, and so did the rest of the Tour.

His biggest moment came more than 12 years ago at the 2009 US Open. Del Potro, who had cracked the top five in the ATP Rankings earlier in the year, reached the semi-finals at only 20 years old. However, he faced a daunting task. The other three semi-finalists were Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

A clear underdog, he cruised past Nadal in straight sets before rallying from two sets to one down to stun five-time defending champion Federer in the final. Del Potro was the first US Open champion from Argentina since the legendary Guillermo Vilas in 1977.

Juan Martin del Potro celebrates victory over Roger Federer in the 2009 US Open final.
Juan Martin del Potro celebrates victory over Roger Federer in the 2009 US Open final. Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images.
In the years to come, there was more success. Del Potro has earned 10 wins against opponents ranked World No. 1, the most by anyone who has never held the top spot. He also made four Nitto ATP Finals appearances and racked up many wins against the best players in the sport.

But there has been a lot of suffering, too. In May 2010, Del Potro underwent right wrist surgery. From 2014-15, he had three left wrist surgeries. Those tough periods never dampened his resiliency, though.

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, the gentle giant was ranked well outside the Top 100. Not only was his level unknown as he rebuilt his game, but he faced a determined top seed in Djokovic in the first round. In a cruelly ironic twist, Del Potro got stuck in an elevator before the match.

Winning silver at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The Argentine wins silver at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
But like he did throughout his career, the Argentine dusted himself off and gave his best. Not only did he stun the Serbian, but he later eliminated Nadal too, and battled to his second singles silver medal.

No matter the toll injuries took on Del Potro’s body, his forehand never went away. More than perhaps any shot of his generation, that stroke was an equaliser.

“Playing against it was crazy. It was an absolute missile,” Tiafoe said. “I’ve played Roger, I’ve played Rafa, but I think it’s the best forehand of all-time, honestly. He can create space, on the run he hits it as well as anyone.”

Two years later, Del Potro earned his only ATP Masters 1000 title at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. The Argentine saved three championship points to claw past the resurgent Federer for one of the biggest wins of his career. Later that season, he reached a career-high World No. 3 and advanced to his second major final, riding the New York crowd’s support to the championship match.

Del Potro made a surprise return to the US Open final in 2018.
Del Potro made a surprise return to the US Open final in 2018. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Through no fault of his own, Del Potro has been unable to avoid the injury bug. At the Rolex Shanghai Masters in 2018, Del Potro fractured his patella during a match against Borna Coric. After making his return four months later, he had to take nearly three more months off. Del Potro then slipped on the Queen’s Club grass and suffered the same injury.

The Argentine underwent four right knee surgeries — one in 2019, two in 2020 and another in 2021. Before his return in Buenos Aires, he had not seen competition since.

Blake, who broke his neck and suffered from shingles early in his career, explained how impressed he is by how often Del Potro was able to battle back. 

“My biggest wish for every athlete is they go out on their own terms and they get the most out of their potential and for him, I’m not sure he’s going out on his own terms,” Blake said. “For a great champion like him, I wish he would get that ability to be able to finish healthy and when he wants to, not when he’s somewhat forced to be.”

Most players share the same sentiment. Not only have they been honouring the Tower of Tandil, but they have been sad to see their colleague go, wishing he could continue on. Delbonis, Del Potro’s longtime friend and final conqueror, gave him a big hug at the net after their match.

“I said when we gave [each other] a hug that [he should] continue. I think all the tennis world wants him to continue,” Delbonis said. “I think he won a small match that he came again to a tennis court.”

Two days after his emotional Buenos Aires finale, Del Potro sounded content. If the Argentine never plays another match, he will always be able to say he left no stone unturned. And for that, the gentle giant will never be forgotten.

“I am a person who gave everything for this sport and I always gave my life in each tournament and in each place where I played,” Del Potro said. “Until the last day I gave my best and I hope that many kids can follow the path that I followed.”

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BNP Paribas Open 2022: Draws, Dates, History & All You Need To Know

  • Posted: Mar 03, 2022

BNP Paribas Open 2022: Draws, Dates, History & All You Need To Know

All about the ATP Masters 1000 tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California

The world’s best players will compete at the BNP Paribas Open for the 45th edition of the ATP Masters 1000 event, held in Indian Wells. New World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev and three-time 2022 titlist Rafael Nadal will lead the way at the first Masters 1000 of the season.

Here’s what you need to know.

When is the BNP Paribas Open?

The 2022 BNP Paribas Open will be held from 10-20 March. The hard-court tournament, established in 1976, will take place at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. The tournament director is former World No. 2 Tommy Haas.

Who is playing at the 2022 BNP Paribas Open?

The BNP Paribas Open will feature all of the Top 20 players in the ATP Rankings, led by Daniil Medvedev, with reigning champion Cameron Norrie returning.

When is the draw for the BNP Paribas Open?

The Indian Wells draw will be made on Tuesday 8 March at 3:00 p.m.

What is the schedule for the Indian Wells ATP Masters 1000 event?

* Qualifying: Tuesday, 8 March – Wednesday, 9 March at 11:00 a.m.
* Main Draw: Thursday, 10 March – Sunday, 20 March. Thursday, 10 March – Thursday, 17 March at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Friday, 18 March 12:00 p.m.
* Doubles Final: Saturday, 19 March Not Before 5:00 p.m.
* Singles Final: Sunday, 20 March Not Before 3:00 p.m.
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What is the prize money for the BNP Paribas Open?

The prize money for the BNP Paribas Open is $8,584,055 and the Total Financial Commitment is $9,554,920.

Winner: $1,231,245 / 1,000 points
Finalist: $646,110 / 600 points
Semi-finalist: $343,985 / 360 points
Quarter-finalist: $179,940 / 180 points
Round of 16: $94,575 / 90 points
Round of 32: $54,400 / 45 points
Round of 64: $30,130 / 25 points
Round of 96: $18,200 / 10 points

DOUBLES ($ per team)
Winner: $426,010 / 1,000 points
Finalist: $225,980 / 600 points
Semi-finalist: $120,520 / 360 points
Quarter-finalist: $61,100 / 180 points
Round of 16: $32,630 / 90 points
Round of 32: $17,580 / 45 points

How can I watch the BNP Paribas Open?

Watch Live On Tennis TV
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Who won the last edition of the BNP Paribas Open in 2021?

Norrie won the 2021 BNP Paribas Open singles title with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory against Nikoloz Basilashvili in the championship match (Read & Watch). John Peers and Filip Polasek lifted the doubles trophy in Indian Wells with a 6-3, 7-6(5) triumph against Aslan Karatsev and Andrey Rublev in the final (Read More).

Who holds the Indian Wells record for most titles, oldest champion, youngest champion and more?

Most Titles, Singles: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer (5)
Most Titles, Doubles: Mark Knowles, Daniel Nestor (4)
Oldest Champion: Roger Federer, 35, in 2017
Youngest Champion: Boris Becker, 19, in 1987
Highest-Ranked Champion: No. 1 Jimmy Connors in 1976, Jim Courier in 1993, Pete Sampras in 1994-95, Lleyton Hewitt in 2002-03, Roger Federer in 2004-06, Rafael Nadal in 2009, Novak Djokovic in 2015-16
Lowest-Ranked Champion: No. 143 Larry Stefanki in 1985
Last Home Champion: Andre Agassi in 2001
Most Match Wins: Roger Federer (66)

View Who Is Playing, Past Champions, Seeds, Points & Prize Money Breakdown

Key Storylines

World No. 1 Medvedev: Medvedev will compete as the World No. 1 for the first time when he takes to court in Indian Wells, having soared to the top of ATP Rankings at the end of February. The 26-year-old, who reached the final at the Australian Open earlier this season, will be aiming to win his maiden title of the year at the Masters 1000 event. However, he has never been beyond the fourth round at the tournament in his four previous appearances.

Can Nadal Stay Perfect? Nadal has started the 2022 season on fire, clinching trophies at the Melbourne Summer Set, Australian Open and the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC. The Spaniard’s victory at the first major of the year meant he moved to a record-breaking 21 Grand Slam crowns. The 35-year-old, who is 15-0 on the season, has triumphed in the Californian desert three times (2007, 09, 13).

Rublev On A Roll: The World No. 6 has regained the winning feeling over the past month, lifting titles in Marseille and Dubai. Andrey Rublev has now earned five ATP 500 crowns following his victory in Dubai, but the 24-year-old will be keen to transfer this form to Masters 1000 level. Rublev has yet to win a title at this level, with his best performance in Indian Wells runs to the third round in 2019 and 2021.

Trio Seeking First Title Of Season: Top 10 stars Stefanos Tsitsipas, Matteo Berrettini and Hubert Hurkacz will all be attempting to win their first trophy of the season in Indian Wells. Tsitsipas’ best result this season was a run to the final in Rotterdam (l. to Auger-Aliassime), while Berrettini reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open. Hurkacz, who captured his maiden Masters 1000 title in Miami last year, advanced to the last four in Dubai.

Hurkacz and Tsitsipas both reached the quarter-finals in Indian Wells in 2021, but Berrettini only advanced to the third round.

#NextGenATP Danger: It is hard to believe Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner are only 18 and 20 years old respectively given the mark they have made since arriving on Tour. The pair, who have both lifted the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals trophy, has clinched seven tour-level titles between them. Alcaraz became the youngest player to win an ATP 500 event when he triumphed in Rio de Janeiro in February, while Sinner captured four crowns in a standout 2021 season. Both will make their second appearance in Indian Wells.

Did You Know?

The 44th edition of the tournament was held in October last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the event cancelled in 2020. It returns to March once again in 2022 and is the first Masters 1000 of the season.

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A Family Affair In Santiago

  • Posted: Mar 03, 2022

A Family Affair In Santiago

Fillol Haggstrom family is driving force behind ATP 250 event

Wherever you look at the Club San Carlos de Apoquindo, you will find someone connected to the Fillol Haggstrom family.

More than 20 members of the family work behind the scenes at the Chile Dove Men+Care Open in Santiago, a unique situation on the ATP Tour. The family lives and breathes tennis, helping to create a special atmosphere at the ATP 250 event.

This is not a new development. Tournament Director Catalina Fillol is the fourth daughter of Jaime Fillol Sr., who reached No. 14 in the world in 1974. From 1993 to 2014 it was Fillol Sr. and his brother Alvaro Fillol who organised the tournament, which alternated between courts at San Carlos de Apoquindo, Santa Rosa and Vina del Mar.

The event returned to the calendar in 2020 after a six-year break, bringing the ATP Tour back to Chile just as local favourite Cristian Garin was making his first move into the Top 20 of the ATP Rankings. Fillol Sr., the five Fillol Haggstrom children, their spouses, and over half of the sixteen grandchildren now all play a day-to-day role in making the tournament run smoothly.

Led by the tireless Catalina, each sibling takes a specific role. Cecilia looks after the finances with Jaime Fillol Jr., who is also in charge of on-court interviews. Natalia takes care of player hospitality, and Angela is responsible for community relations and player services.

“For our family, it was important that we were united,” says Jaime Jr. “Despite the things we do separately, we all come together and grow with that philosophy.

“We all like tennis, we all play, and having an ATP tournament in Chile was something that made us very proud, together with [tournament rights holder] Octagon.”

Chile Dove Men+Care Open

So what is the secret that enables them to work in harmony?

“Making sure the players receive a warm welcome and are respected is something that is always a goal for us from the start,” explains Jaime Jr. “That’s why we’re all committed. We’re an entire generation of a family helping make sure the tournament goes as well as possible each year and tennis brings us together. We’re a one-off in the world, I would say.”

Meanwhile, the siblings’ husbands and wives have their own daily jobs. Allan Jarry is not only the father of Nicolas Jarry, who played at the 2022 edition of the tournament, but also the marketing strategist, along with Rodrigo Contreras and Diego Garcia. Martin Rodriguez is the Tennis & Player Coordinator, and Renata Teran looks after VIP services.

That’s not all. 11 of Jaime Sr.’s grandchildren share responsibility for tournament credentials, court preparation and handing out balls, and even take on roles as ballboys or warm-up partners for the players.

“We all feel like we’re a part of something big and we want the players to feel that,” says Catalina, one of the world’s few female tournament directors. “Having everyone on our team is contagious. During the week, we ask everyone if they’re happy and what the experience was like, and that’s how it’s always been. The first time I was at the tournament, I was 13 and I took the water to the courts. I worked my way through all the roles to where I am now.”

These efforts are noticed outside the family. “It’s a unique tournament,” says former World No. 5 and 11-time ATP Tour titlist Fernando Gonzalez. “For me, for the Chileans and for everyone. When I was a boy, Jaime [Sr.] and Alvaro started to do it and they’ve brought it back. It’s amazing to see how everyone enjoys themselves behind the scenes.”

Chile Open Centre Court

“We all know and love the players,” adds Gonzalez. “This is one of the most important sports events in Chile and South America, and there’s a whole family behind it. It’s unique in the world, I have no doubt.”

“Everyone makes a huge effort to run this tournament”, says Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who went on to reach the semi-finals at the 2022 event. “As a player you can see it. I see what they do, and they do it very well and you can see how happy they are organising this tournament”.

Another 2022 semi-finalist, Chilean Alejandro Tabilo, also holds the tournament in high regard. “This year was special, a great week for me, and luckily we were able to have fans”, said the World No. 98. “It’s incredible to see how there’s a whole family helping. It’s a great atmosphere being part of the tournament, we’ve all known each other for years and they put a lot of energy into making it great.”

What does the future hold for the event? “When the tournament left Chile, we missed it,” says Catalina Fillol. “The whole family. That’s why we felt we had to bring it back. Chilean tennis deserved it.

“Now it’s our third year back and there are more cousins working every year. My father Jaime [Sr.] used to tell us that it wasn’t easy to run a tournament and now he says that, luckily, we ignored him and kept on doing it.

“We want to grow every year. This year we had a better No. 1 court, we added lights. So with every detail, we want to convey that this is a Chilean tournament and that we’re going to continue in this vain.”

With a tennis-mad family at the helm and plenty of goals yet to be fulfilled, the future looks bright for tennis fans in Santiago

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Murray Receives Indian Wells Wild Card

  • Posted: Mar 03, 2022

Murray Receives Indian Wells Wild Card

Former World No. 1 will chase first title in Indian Wells

Andy Murray has received a wild card into the BNP Paribas Open, an ATP Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells, which will be played from 10-20 March.

Having returned to the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings on 7 February, the former World No. 1 will try to continue his climb in California at the only hard-court Masters 1000 tournament he has not won.

The 34-year-old will next week seek to improve his 27-13 record at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. He reached the final in the California desert in 2009, when he lost in the championship match against Rafael Nadal. Murray’s two other semi-final appearances in Indian Wells, in 2007 and 2015, both ended in defeat to Novak Djokovic.

Murray’s appearance at the 2021 edition of the tournament, held in October, was his first for four years after struggles with injury. Upon his return to ‘Tennis Paradise’, Murray defeated France’s Adrian Mannarino in the opening round before coming through a three-set battle with #NextGenATP Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz to reach the third round for the ninth time in 13 appearances. Alexander Zverev. then ended his run 6-4, 7-6(4).

The 14-time Masters 1000 titlist last competed in last week’ Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, where he lost in the second round against Jannik Sinner.


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Medvedev: Three Key Factors That Made A No. 1

  • Posted: Mar 03, 2022

Medvedev: Three Key Factors That Made A No. 1

Russian looks to continue strong Masters 1000 form in Indian Wells, Miami

After a remarkable 12 months, Daniil Medvedev has arrived at the top of the ATP Rankings.

The Russian had to battle to finally end Novak Djokovic’s reign as No. 1. The Infosys ATP Performance Zone takes a look at three foundational pillars of Medvedev’s rise.

Hard-Court Dominance
Medvedev’s hard-court form has been the backbone of his rise to the top of the ATP Rankings. The Russian, who has won 12 of his 13 tour-level titles on hard courts, holds a 53-10 record on the surface over the past 52 weeks, making him the Tour’s leading hard-court performer over that period.

Best Winning % On Hard Courts Since March 2021

 Player   W-L Record  Winning %
 1) Daniil Medvedev  53-10  84.1%
 2) Alexander Zverev  45-9  83.3%
 3) Novak Djokovic  23-5  82.1%

This strong form over the past 52 weeks brought the Russian vital ATP Ranking points as well as three hard-court titles in the 2021 season – the Open 13 Provence in Marseille, his fourth ATP Masters 1000 title at the National Bank Open Presented by Rogers in Toronto, and a maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open.

Rallying To Victory
Fighting back from tough situations has been another staple feature of Medvedev’s stellar year. The Russian has won half of the matches in which he has lost the first set over the past 52 weeks, a rate of recovery that was only bettered by World No. 2 Djokovic.

Best Record After Losing First Set Since March 2021

 Player   W-L Record After Losing 1st Set  Winning %
 1) Novak Djokovic  12-7  63.2%
 2) Daniil Medvedev  9-9  50%
 3) Stefanos Tsitsipas  9-13  40.9%

Medvedev has pulled off great escapes at crucial moments, too, coming from behind twice in his Toronto title run. His quarter-final comeback against Miami Open presented by Itau champion Hubert Hurkacz was integral to the Russian’s push for World No. 1.

The Pole looked set to stroll to victory as he raced through the first set 6-2, but Medvedev dug deep to clinch the second and third-set tie-breaks to advance despite not breaking his opponent once in the match, going on to lift the trophy and pick up another 1,000 ATP Ranking Points.

Meddy At The Masters
When big ranking points have been on offer, Medvedev has risen to the occasion. He has an 18-6 match record at ATP Masters 1000 events over the past year, a period in which he claimed the title in Toronto, enjoyed a final run at the Rolex Paris Masters and made the semi-finals at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

Best ATP Masters 1000 Records Since March 2021

 Player   W-L Record  Winning %
 1) Novak Djokovic  9-2  81.8%
 2) Rafael Nadal  9-2  81.8%
 3) Alexander Zverev  19-5  79.2%
 4) Daniil Medvedev  18-6  75%

The Russian will have to fight to back up these performances at the upcoming BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Miami Open presented by Itau because several of his rivals are also in hot Masters 1000 form. Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev sit just ahead of Medvedev in the Masters 1000 performance list over the past 52 weeks, an indication that the Russian will need to stay sharp in the Sunshine Swing to consolidate his reign at No. 1.

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