Which Masters 1000 would you most wish to win?
Monte-Carlo is one on the prime of my checklist. After all, Indian Wells and Miami… if you happen to play good in a single, you will play good within the second. These are the subsequent ones that I’d like to [win]. Cincinnati I gained, so that’s off the checklist. Any Masters 1000 occasion is fairly wonderful. I all the time favored Canada as properly, I just like the courts there and the gang has been nice as properly. I maintain these ones on the highest of my checklist.
What’s it about Monte-Carlo?
There may be such a historical past behind that event. It isn’t a straightforward event to win. All through the years, Rafa has been the man that has been profitable it probably the most, nevertheless it additionally exhibits how robust the competitors is on the market. You all the time have very totally different faces and new folks coming into the later rounds yearly. It’s also very robust as a result of it’s the first [Masters 1000] event on clay, so it units the tone for the remainder of the clay-court season.
Which ATP Masters 1000 host metropolis is your favorite and why?
I really like the circumstances in Cincinnati and I really like which you can drive your self to the courts. You will have the amusement park on the facet. Every part appears really easy. At Indian Wells all the things is put collectively to an extent that you’re like, ‘Wow. What’s going on out right here?’ They’ve all the nice eating places, the courts. How the entire event has developed [since] the early years [is great]. I’ve been there over 10 occasions and I’ve seen that yearly you get new upgrades.
Monte-Carlo has additionally been one in all my favourites. I’ve lived there for thus lengthy now [but], even with out that, it has all the time had such an significance to me… General, all of the Masters 1000s have put in such an incredible effort all through the years to [make me] all the time really feel very welcome. They improve issues yearly an increasing number of and it helps the gamers loads. I feel it’s a nice battle yearly.
Do you keep in mind your Masters 1000 debut?
Miami was particular for me as a result of I performed the juniors right here loads, so I felt like, ‘Oh, okay, the identical factor I used to be doing in juniors goes to work the identical within the seniors’. Guess what? I needed to discover out the laborious approach. I keep in mind taking part in very robust rounds in qualifying, then the primary draw was the place issues actually began to warmth up for me. I felt bodily so drained. I keep in mind after the event, I used to be so drained. I really like the circumstances. I find it irresistible when it’s sizzling and humid, nevertheless it was all the time including up and including up. I used to be nonetheless very unprepared. I misplaced to Stakhovsky. A straight-sets loss. I feel I used to be simply drained. I used to be executed. The thrill of being in Miami actually bought into me.
What do you think about to be your finest Masters 1000 win?
I’ve actually performed wonderful gamers on a regular basis. For instance, in Monte-Carlo, I keep in mind dropping to Rafa thrice. In Madrid, I misplaced to Dominic [Thiem] within the third spherical. I had [five] match factors within the third set… Rome has been very attention-grabbing on a regular basis. I needed to play Berdych in three units, I performed Fabio at dwelling in Rome, which is rarely simple to play. [I have had] loads of tough opponents like that. A few of these matches have been my most memorable ones.
What’s your favorite off-court reminiscence or exercise at a Masters 1000?
Going to the amusement park. In Cincinnati, I used to be going each single day after my matches. I used to be so drained, however I mentioned, ‘I simply wish to journey’. The event was setting it up for us, so I used to be simply going out and in [for a] fast 4 rides and increase, straight again dwelling. I really like the tower, the large one which simply drops you. I simply love velocity and I take pleasure in all the things that results in it. As quickly as there may be velocity, I’m good. In Indian Wells, I went to the racetrack just a few occasions. I take pleasure in that loads as properly.
What’s your dream match at a Masters 1000?
I’d like to play Daniil Medvedev within the Miami last. I really like a problem like that. He’s clearly a participant that’s doing completely wonderful. Novak in Indian Wells. These are the matches that you just wish to win.
Hardest match you’ve performed at a Masters 1000?
I keep in mind one, an excellent one. I performed David Ferrer. Oh man. When he was at his peak in Cincinnati. It was three units and I simply ran out of steam within the third set. This man was simply working me down. I used to be maintaining as a lot as I may and I used to be on the finish of my powers.
Taking part in Rafa just a few occasions in Monte-Carlo was the identical. Three units and, in the long run, I simply felt like I used to be taking part in in opposition to the wind the entire time. Nothing was occurring. Nothing was working. In Indian Wells, I had a really nasty match in opposition to Jack Sock. We each performed such an incredible match. He got here out on prime and saved two match factors. We had a loopy battle on the market and I’m by no means going to overlook the gang erupting after each level.
Rome has been great. You play in opposition to the Italians and oh man. With Fabio, the identical factor. We performed on Pietrangeli, it was nearly to begin raining within the third set, with these statues round and it felt such as you have been in Rome, within the Colosseum. That was enjoyable.
Best match you’ve ever seen at a Masters 1000 occasion?
I keep in mind Dominic and Roger performed an insane match in [the 2019] Indian Wells [final]. Identical factor with Roger and Del Potro [in the 2018 final]. Superb matches. Rafa and Roger in Miami was fairly wonderful to look at, when Roger beat Rafa 6-3, 6-4. Lights out. Not a lot to say. I even keep in mind Rafa after the match saying, ‘There may be not a lot to say.’ It’s humorous to see gamers like that not solely admitting, however I like their skill to see the truth.
What’s your favorite court docket at any of the Masters 1000 occasions?
I’d say the Indian Wells Centre Courtroom is a really tough court docket to play on at totally different occasions of the day. I’d say that this one might be the highest one, to carry out at your finest on that court docket. Even with some gamers, it is determined by the temperature [and] wind. The court docket performs very otherwise. This court docket has all the time been somewhat bit trickier than any of the opposite courts I’ve performed on. I feel on each different court docket I can alter very properly and really fast… That one has all the time precipitated me somewhat little bit of hassle. I really like the problem.