World No. 23 and rising ATP World Tour star Alexandr Dolgopolov will be blogging throughout the BNP Paribas Open.
Hello everybody. I hope everyone is getting excited about the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells these next two weeks.
This is the first time in my career to play in Indian Wells and I’ve been asked to write a blog for the tournament website. I thought it would be a fun way to spend some time here in between practicing and my matches.
As I said before, this is my first time playing in this tournament, but it is not the first time I’ve been to Indian Wells. When I was younger, I came here with my father when he was coaching Andrei Medvedev.
Andrei was a very good player and was as high as four in the world. He also got to the finals of the French Open in 1999.
I’ve already been here in Indian Wells for almost ten days preparing for the tournament. I played in Acapulco a couple of weeks ago and got to the semifinals where I lost to David Ferrer of Spain in three sets.
After I finished playing in Acapulco on clay, I realized it would be too much to fly all the way back to Europe and then back to the United States, so I decided to come to California early.
I took a couple of days off when I got to Indian Wells and rested up. It felt good to catch up on some sleep in my hotel. After my days off, I started practicing again for the tournament here.
The one thing I remember about this tournament is that it was always a very well run event. Since I got here, everyone has been so nice and the venue looks great.
The weather has been good and it’s a bit cooler here than it was in Acapulco. I’ve already gotten used to the conditions. Indian Wells is very relaxing and it’s a good place to play a tournament like this. There aren’t that many distractions and it really helps me to concentrate on tennis.
I’m playing fine right now and I’m happy with the way my game is progressing. I’ve been working on different tactics and getting more physically fit, which has helped me in long matches. I had a good win against Robin Soderling at the Australian Open that has given me more confidence playing against the top players.
Someone asked me the other day what my goals were. I told them that my long-term goal was to be number one, but my short-term goal was to get into the Top Twenty and stay in the Top Twenty. I’m number 23 in the world right now, so I’m almost there.
When I play in a big tournament like Indian Wells, you never know what will happen. It depends on the draw, because you could get a really tough opponent in the first match. You really need a bit of luck.
I’m going to sign off for now, but I’ll post another entry to my blog soon. Thank you for reading.