Serbian Filip Krajinovic has loads of respect for Russian Daniil Medvedev. However that won’t cease the World No. 34 from giving the highest seed his greatest shot on Monday within the third spherical of the BNP Paribas Open.
“It’s a big-time [opportunity] for me,” Krajinovic instructed ATPTour.com. “Medvedev has been taking part in so properly.”
Two years in the past on the BNP Paribas Open, Filip Krajinovic cruised previous then-World No. 15 Medvedev 6-3, 6-2 in simply 78 minutes. If the Serbian repeats that feat on Monday in Indian Wells, it should definitely be extra stunning.
Since that defeat, the Russian has quickly ascended to the highest of the game. Now No. 2 within the FedEx ATP Rankings, Medvedev has since gained 4 ATP Masters 1000 titles and simply claimed his maiden main trophy on the US Open.
“He gained the US Open, he’s the most effective participant on the earth. I’m very excited to play towards him,” Krajinovic mentioned. “I’ve performed towards him a few occasions already, I understand how he performs. For certain he’s the favorite for that match, however I’ve nothing to lose, I’ll attempt to get pleasure from it.”
Krajinovic gained his one centesimal tour-level match within the first spherical of Indian Wells. Picture: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Photographs.
Their most up-to-date conflict got here within the third spherical of this 12 months’s Australian Open, the place Krajinovic managed the motion at moments earlier than Medvedev triumphed 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-0.
“I performed rather well. In Australia, we performed 5 units. However in Australia, it was completely different situations than right here, so let’s see,” Krajinovic mentioned. “I’m excited. I do know he’s going to play his greatest recreation and is able to play and I’m additionally prepared, so let’s see.”
The 2017 Rolex Paris Masters finalist is properly conscious that right now’s Medvedev will not be the identical one he confronted within the desert two-and-a-half years in the past. One a part of the highest seed’s recreation he thinks is especially robust is his serve, including that, “Everyone is aware of his serve is an enormous weapon”.
“I believe he has improved rather a lot. Bodily he’s significantly better. He’s serving so properly. I believe it’s robust to beat him as he has no weak point proper now,” Krajinovic mentioned. “However as I mentioned, I’ve nothing to lose so I’m going to step it up and play aggressively.”
Medvedev additionally is aware of he faces a tricky problem towards Krajnovic. After their Australian Open conflict, he mentioned within the fourth set the Serbian performed “excellent tennis”.
“He can play [an] superb stage of tennis,” Medvedev mentioned. “I really feel like if he’ll reproduce what he did right now on the courtroom, he could be a High 20 [player] for years to come back, like for a few years at the very least High 20.”
Krajinovic has climbed as excessive as World No. 26 and within the first spherical towards Marcos Giron, he claimed his one centesimal tour-level victory.
He’s snug in Indian Wells, the place he made the third spherical in 2018 and the fourth spherical in 2019. Solely Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had been capable of cease him in these editions of the Masters 1000 occasion.
“I like this place. I’ve been taking part in so properly right here the previous couple of years,” Krajinovic mentioned. “I’m excited as a result of I like the amenities right here, I like the courts. I get pleasure from being right here.
“Each participant enjoys the large levels, that’s the reason I’m practising, that’s what I reside for: [competing] in entrance of this crowd and the large stage.”