In an interview with Tennisnet, Dominic Thiem spoke about his round-robin match against Roger Federer. The Austrian has won both matches he has played against the Swiss, once on hard courts in Indian Wells this year in March, and then on clay in Madrid, in 2016.
Thiem said: "Everyone likes playing Roger. There is always a part of luck in wins, like break points. Obviously it's a bit easier on clay. Because my topspin balls hurt more on his backhand, that's the best tactic against Roger.
But here you cannot hit top spin too much and the surface is faster, but I developed my game from the US Open." Meanwhile, Federer explained his decision to skip the ATP Cup in Sydney, Australia: "It was also a little bit connected – I know you might take this as a joke, but it’s not – to announcing Olympics.
My family was always going to travel with me to Japan. With my wife, we try to come up with a really good schedule for the kids. In the end, we weren’t ready to do. We wanted to be in the same place for a long time. I don’t think it’s contradictory at all."
Daniil Medvedev said: "Hopefully we’ll have a lot of matches to come throughout our career. I’ve played 5 times vs Stef and Sascha, different head to heads between them, hopefully, we’ll have a lot of great matches to come."