"With the previous draw maybe, he would not get in qualies": Medvedev believes two week Masters benefits players like Struff

Wednesday, 10 May 2023 at 22:30
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Daniil Medvedev is not opposed to the bigger draws at the Madrid Open and Rome Open believing that it benefits a lot of players naming Struff as one of those.
Some players have complained about the bigger draws at Masters' events this year which is a concentrated effort to make the events longer and better overall. Medvedev has no issues with it overall though he does consider that it doesn't really help the top players as it adds an additional round for them to win:
“I said it in Madrid. I think it puts less advantage for top players. The less matches you have, the easier it is to win the tournament. That's why for top four players is even easier to win. You have only four matches. I think for top eight, top 16 players, it's a disadvantage."
He added:
“Personally, I like it. I think it's good for all the players. It gives more opportunities for players because it's a bigger draw."
He named Struff as one player that might have benefitted from the expanded draw:
“Struff, I don't know what his ranking in the acceptance list was. With the previous draw maybe, he would not get in qualies. The same: the smaller the draw, the less chances of retirement. Maybe he wouldn't get in lucky loser, would not be in his first final of a 1000, would not be in his highest ranking right now of his career."

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