Speaking on Sky Sport with journalist Stefano Meloccaro, the former world no. 25 Filippo Volandri recalled Roger Federer's Indian Wells three-set final loss to Juan Martin del Potro. The Swiss wasted three match points and he had headed into that match having won all the matches played in the season, from the Hopman Cup, Australian Open, Rotterdam, and Indian Wells until the championship clash.
"Federer was hit by that loss," recognized the Italian. "He was not confident as before after that. After the Australian Open players have plenty of time to prepare for this tournament, so they are willing to play and you can play well in Indian Wells because it's not too hot, it's not too humid.
The player can deliver their best tennis there. The event is probably better than many Slams in terms of facilities. And it's easy because you have a big room to build things, you have a billionaire as an investor. There you can play either tennis or golf, you do not have too many options.
That keeps you focused!" On Italian tennis, Volandri concluded: "Matteo (Berrettini) is growing week by week, he is doing very well, made his Davis Cup debut, he defeated Khachanov indoors. Matteo is going through a good momentum and he is having his first experiences at this level.
Last year in Indian Wells he could have won the match against Daniil Medvedev but after that, he improved his backhand a lot. Fabio (Fognini) has a good spot (in the rankings) but it will depend on him, on how motivated he will be. In Indian Wells, everyone wants to compete and get good results."