Former world No. 6 Gael Monfils doesn't want to put too much pressure on himself ahead of the Daniil Medvedev match. Monfils, ranked at No. 28 in the world, defeated Filip Krajinovic 6-3 6-4 to set up an Indian Wells Masters third round meeting against No.
1 seed Medvedev. The head-to-head between Monfils and Medvedev stands at 1-1 but they haven't played since 2019. “It's a new chance to play great players. I'm still in a phase where we're still working hard physically and tennis-wise so I'm not worrying too much and I'm going to play my luck to the fullest," Monfils said.
Medvedev beat Tomas Machac to set up a Monfils clash
On Saturday, Medvedev played his first match as the world No. 1. Medvedev didn't disappoint as he saw off qualifier Machac 6-3 6-2. "I think I was pretty consistent," Medvedev said of his performance.
"If you look at the first set, it was pretty even. He made a few unforced errors and maybe some bad decisions in the crucial moments. That's how tennis is sometimes. "The scoreline might be pretty effective, 6-3, 6-2, but if you look at the points and the games, it was not as easy as it seems.
So I'm happy that I managed to pull through and be the most consistent player." Medvedev admitted the Indian Wells conditions aren't ideal for him but he hopes to adjust as the tournament progresses. "It's always strange here, the conditions," Medvedev said.
"You need a lot of time to get used to the conditions, and at the same time it's a great place to be, so everybody comes one week, one week and a half before the tournament because of both reasons. That's what I've done also and I feel great, so hopefully I can do better than the previous times."