Medvedev had an amazing year so far, even though most of his good results happened in the first part of the year. His form has slowly dropped off as the season went along, but he's still one of the best players in the world, with runs such as the one at the Vienna Open recently proved.
The Russian has looked very beatable during the indoor season in Europe, but he's an excellent indoor player and is very motivated ahead of Turin. Last year was a huge disappointment, so he's going to come back with a long vengeance.
Last year, I was not strong enough to manage to make it. This year, I’m going to try to be stronger. I feel definitely maybe a little bit less pressure, because before I won [the 2020 title], I lost three matches in a row.
But the same time, tennis is such a… let’s call it a cyclic thing. Last year, I lost three matches, and three of them were really close in the decisive tie-break, I think two of them I was serving for the match.
So for sure this year coming there, I want to try to be better. And that’s exactly what happened a couple of years ago, when I managed to win it. So let’s hope it’s going to be the same story.
A lot will depend on the draw because it matters. There won't be any easy outs, but some groups can be more complicated than others, and his group last year was pretty complicated. We'll see what happens this year, as we're only a few days away from the event.