Daniil Medvedev has admitted he cannot be considered a favourite to win Roland Garros, but he believes he can be ‘dangerous’ on clay.
The world number two has never made a secret of his disdain for clay court tennis, with him likening it in the past to ‘rolling around in the dirt like a dog.’
Medvedev has won 13 ATP Tour titles in his career, although none have been on clay.
He made his comeback from a hernia operation in Geneva this week, although it did not go well as he lost to Richard Gasquet in his opening round.
It is far from ideal form heading into Roland Garros, although he says he rarely carries any expectation when it comes to clay court tournaments.
“I don’t play my best tennis on clay courts,” Medvedev said.
“I know that I’m capable of making some good results, as I did in the past. But for this, I kind of need to be in the zone.”
“I don’t feel as confident on clay as on other surfaces. Clay for my body is the most dangerous surface.
“For me it’s clay courts — every time, every year I have some problems where I cannot be 100 percent.
“I’m not a favourite for Roland-Garros, but I do want to play well. If I can find my level again, I can be dangerous.”
Daniil Medvedev has reached one final on clay before in his career in Barcelona in 2019. However, he was comprehensively beaten by Dominic Thiem.
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