“Zverev, Tsitsipas, Medvedev,…”: Tournament Director Reveals Players Who Can Do Well in Indian Wells Masters 2021

Published 10/09/2021, 12:29 AM EDT
Aug 21, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Alexander Zverev (GER) stands at the net with Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) after a semifinal match during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports


For the first time since 2000, none of the big three: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, will play the Indian Wells Masters 1000. Accordingly, it is time for the young guns to lead the show. For this, tournament director Tommy Haas reflected on what to expect from Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev, and Reilly Opelka. However, will they be able to make the Indian Wells a success in the absence of the big three?

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Indeed, the big three vs the next generation conversation began long ago. Thus, the former German professional knew it was a matter of time before the youngster would be all over the leaderboard. However, what they will bring to the table in the desert is still unknown.

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Indian Wells tournament director on Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev, and Reilly Opelka

As a German, Tommy Haas admitted that he wants Alexander Zverev to succeed more than the others at the Indian Wells Masters. He even praised his achievements in the 2021 season.

“If you look at it already, all the things he has achieved is quite phenomenal. Really, the only thing missing is a Grand Slam title. And he hasn’t really played that well also,” Haas said to Tennis Channel.

Besides, the tournament director also mentioned how Zverev had missed an easy volley on match point against Rafael Nadal in 2016. From that point, Haas knew it was “just a matter of time.”

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Medal Ceremony – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Gold medallist Alexander Zverev of Germany celebrates on the podium REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Furthermore, former World No.2 stated how the desert conditions would suit Stefanos Tsitsipas‘s playing style. “He likes a bit more time, plays with heavy spin but can be aggressive, moves well, and can come to the net and finish it off. Those are the key aspects to do well here,” Haas said.

Moreover, he also revealed that he selfishly likes the Greek’s one-handed backhand. The German also acclaimed Tsitsipas as the one with an “all-round game.”

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during his semi final match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Lastly, Haas mentioned that he is looking forward to watching Daniil Medvedev and Reilly Opelka adjust to the conditions in Indian Wells. While Medvedev likes bit faster courts and might struggle here, Opelka has an advantage with high bounces and ball-air cutting speed.

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Before concluding, Haas added that winning early rounds and building confidence is vital in getting deep in the tournament. So, let’s see who takes on who in the second round in Indian Wells Masters.

As per the draw, Medvedev will take on American, Mackenzie McDonald, whereas Opelka will play against Japanese, Taro Daniel. In the bottom half, Zverev will lock horns with Jenson Brooksby while Tsitsipas will meet Spaniard Pedro Martinez.

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All in all, these matchups will unquestionably produce some high-quality tennis. But who do you think will win this year?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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