It’s been almost one month after this year’s Rolex Shanghai Masters. When something big like that happens, it usually takes time for you to soak in all the emotions, experiences and impressions. Only then you are able to see it all clearly, from a distance, and to actually be more aware of what really happened.
Overall, it was another amazing and unforgettable experience. This year was very special because my father came the first time to China. He was with me every day at the Masters. He watched me and supported me like in my childhood when I used to play tournaments at home and he would watch me play. This time I wasn’t playing matches but I was training with the world’s best tennis players. It was very emotional to have him there with me. I enjoyed so much to share those moments with him.
Also my biggest support Livia was there on some days, cheering and bringing that positive energy and vibe that helped me so much to go though every day and perform on my best level.
This year was also different from last year because we had much bigger team of tournament hitting partners. Most of the guys were from Spain. It was very nice to meet all of them, train and share those exciting moments together. I’m grateful that I got a chance to meet all of them: Manu, Toni, Jonatan, Brian, Canti, Sunny, Michael, Nicolas and Carlos who organized the whole team.
Also another big difference in comparison to the last year was my preparation for this tournament. Last year I didn’t know what to expect and I was super nervous because of that. This year I first went to Zhuhai for 250 ATP event and I spent there around 10 days. That was another amazing experience and a perfect preparation for the Masters. I felt as ready as I could possibly be. I knew exactly what to expect and I already developed some friendships among the world top players.
At this year’s Shanghai Masters I trained with many players. Just to name a few here: Bublik (3-4 times), Popyrin, Fognini. Jarry, Tsitsipas (3 times), Djokovic (2 times), Medvedev, Krajinovic and some others, I recorded all of the trainings and I’m definitely looking forward to editing all of those videos and uploading them to our TENFITMEN Tennis Impulse Youtube channel.
Everything was really amazing, except that Djokovic lost in the quarter-finals, but Stefanos Tsitsipas played and unbelievable match and he deserved to win it. I hoped to train, watch and support Novak all the way through the final. However, these new young guys are becoming very dangerous and it’s super interesting to see how they are able to win occasionally against the big favorites.