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Beijing, Sep 27 (EFE).- The current number three in world tennis, Russian Daniil Medvedev, stated today in Beijing that the China Open that begins this Thursday “is like a Masters 1,000 or a Grand Slam,” in reference to the list of participants in the tournament.

“It’s hard. It’s like a Masters 1,000 or a Grand Slam. In some ways, it is even stronger than a Grand Slam, where you don’t have first rounds, where maybe you can enter the tournament, which can sometimes be the case in a Grand Slam,” he declared at the press conference prior to the tournament.

The poster of participants includes all the members of the top 10 of the ATP ranking, with the exception of number one, the Serbian Novak Djokovic, and the eighth, the American Taylor Fritz.

In addition, the Russian said that both he and the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz Garfia, seeded in the tournament and number two in the ATP ranking, would be “happy to see each other,” since that would mean that “we have both reached the final.” , said.

However, despite finishing the Grand Slam season with the United States Open, where he was a finalist, he remains motivated to “try to win.”

“Sometimes the end of the season can be difficult because all the Grand Slams are over, so you need to find that motivation. At the same time, we are all competitive, so, for me, the motivation is to try to win,” stressed the Russian tennis player.

Medvedev will participate for the first time in the Diamond Arena in Beijing, which he highlighted has a “quite fast” court, something he appreciated, although he highlighted “again” that the balls are a problem for his “shoulders and elbows.”

The China Open held in the capital, an ATP 500 competition, will play its men’s tournament from September 26 to October 8, after a four-year break since its last edition in 2019 due to the Asian giant’s anti-pandemic measures.

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