Daniil Medvedev has revealed the target he has set himself on his least favourite surface, just to win at least one match at each tournament.
It appears to be very low expectations for the world number three, until you examine the Russian’s previous record during clay season.
His limited success on a clay 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, and the same goes for his two appearances at the Rome Masters and Madrid Masters, where he is playing this week.
With that in mind, it is not surprising that Medvedev, who has ten hard court ATP titles to his name, has set himself achievable targets and is taking it a step at a time.
“Yeah, for sure. That’s the goal. You know, I always said for me it’s always step by step,” said Medvedev ahead of his first Madrid Masters match.
“So the goal actually for all three tournaments, Rome, Roland Garros, and Madrid, is to at least win one match in each of them. You know, step by step.
“Of course when I come to the tournament, the main goal is to win it.
“It’s tougher on clay than on hard court, so will adjust, yeah, try my best, hope to show some good tennis, because that’s the most important. When I show good tennis I can win some great matches.”
Medvedev will play the winner of Pierre-Hughes Herbert v Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on Wednesday and he’s hoping that the altitude and conditions of Madrid may help his game.
“I think that can help, because of course still Rafa won many times here and stuff like this, but it’s, I would say, it’s more comparable to hard courts here in Madrid because the clay is fast, altitude, serve goes fast,’ says Medvedev.
“In the results and in the game we can see that guys maybe who can suffer a little bit on clay here can play better.
“So, yeah, that’s also one of the things that makes me feel more comfortable before the tournament. After, it’s always the same thing that the first match is a first match. Depending how you do in it, that’s where you feel if you’re confident or not.”
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