Daniil Medvedev is hoping to make a bigger impact on clay this year, but admits it takes him a lot of time to adjust to playing on the red dirt.
Medvedev is currently world number three and has ten ATP titles to him name including three Masters 1000 events and an ATP finals crown too. However, all of his trophies have come on hard court.
His limited success on a clay surface has come with a semi-final place at the Monte-Carlo Masters and a final place in Barcelona both in 2019. Notably, the Russian has not won a single match at Roland Garros in four attempts, leaving in the first round each year.
Last week Medvedev’s coach Gilles Cervara admitted that he was ‘not joking anymore’ when it comes to the Russian’s form on clay and ahead of his Madrid Masters campaign, Medvedev has admitted he needs to build confidence on the surface.
“I think my shots, my movement, and my physical stature doesn’t suit clay,” admitted Medvedev.
“I play on hard courts or grass courts for for eight months in a row and then I have this clay court scene for two months… First week when I come on clay, I hate everything around me.
“Then I get used to it, and it starts to be better. The big thing that motivates me is that I know I am capable of winning matches.”
“Two years ago, I beat some really good guys, and so I know that I am capable. Just need to find this confidence and feeling which is tougher for me to find on clay than on hard courts.”
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