Tomas Machac: The Michael Jordan fan trying to stun Daniil Medvedev | ATP circuit

Tomas Machac has huge respect for world number one Daniil Medvedev, but that doesn’t mean the Czech fears his second-round opponent at the BNP Paribas Open.

“I think that’s why I started this sport. Of course, we play tennis for money, points and to be better in the rankings. But I think the most important thing in this sport is that achievement,” Machac told “You qualify, you win the first round and play against the world’s first. That’s the present we’re doing this sport for.

“I’m really excited. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m going to the game not just to fight or enjoy the moment, but I’m going to fight to win the game.

It will be the biggest game of the 21-year-old’s career. No. 158 in the ATP rankings, he will try to win his first victory in the Top 10 on Saturday.

“His achievements and his career have been amazing. I’m not the guy who will tell you I’m going to win the game,” Machac said. “But I had some experiences playing against the best players, Berrettini, Schwartzman two times. I went through those experiences enjoying the game and now I think I have the experience to fight for the win against such a good player.

The good thing for the Czech is that he knows Medvedev. Ahead of the second round of this year’s Australian Open, the pair trained together at Melbourne Park. It helped him appreciate the game of the world No. 1.

“I think his game is without any mistakes. He plays very well from the baseline, he serves like a beast and he has very good returns without any mistakes,” Machac said. “It will be really difficult to win the game. But I think I will do my best to be close to victory.

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It was an interesting journey for Machac, who got involved in the sport through his sister, Katerina. When Tomas was four years old, Katerina, then a teenager, fell in love with sports.

“She was playing a lot of tournaments in the Czech Republic, not really in the good ones, but she was playing a lot. She was really a fan of it,” Machac said. “I was traveling with her and with my family and playing against the wall every time. I used to play six hours a day on the wall, for example, because I didn’t want to get bored watching tennis, so I played a lot of tennis.

Machac loved tennis until he was 11 years old, but from then on he didn’t always think of himself. It was not until the age of 18 that he fully focused on pursuing tennis for a living.

“I realized that I’m good at sports,” Machac said. “I [knew I] I have to fight, improve and that’s how it went.

Machac is a three-time holder of the ATP Challenger Tour. Photo credit: Mike Owen/Getty Images.
If you saw the Beroun native strolling through the Indian Wells Tennis Garden after beating Alexei Popyrin on Thursday, you would have noticed he was wearing a Los Angeles Lakers sweatshirt. Machac is a huge basketball fan, who is particularly fond of Michael Jordan. The NBA megastar retired before the Czech was born. Machac’s intriguing love for the former Chicago Bulls legend stems from viewing a documentary series about him titled the last dance.

“It’s crazy what this guy has done in his career. His accomplishments, the moments he had were amazing,” Machac said. [from watching that] Some days if you’re not feeling well or you’re sick or something’s wrong, you can always fight, you can always make yourself comfortable at that time and improve something in your game . That’s what he did. I have improved a lot in this case.

Although Machac’s big game experience is still relatively limited, he will be able to seek advice from WTA star Katerina Siniakova, his girlfriend. Siniakova has won two singles titles and is the No. 1 doubles player in the world.

“She’s a really good player. She’s had an amazing career. She’s first in doubles, 55th in singles, so I’m learning a lot from her,” Machac said. never leaves any points in the game. She plays every point.

Machac will try to do the same against Medvedev.

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