‘Honestly, there is nothing I like on clay,’ says Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev has openly admitted to disliking clay court tennis ahead of the Monte-Carlo Masters where he is seeded in second place.

Medevev, a hard-court specialist, has had limited success on the clay surface, highlighted by the fact he has never been past the first round at Roland Garros.

As a comparison, all of the Russian’s ten career titles have come on hard court, including two Masters 1000 events and he’s reached two hard-court Grand Slam finals at the US Open and Australian Open.

The 24-year-old did do well at the 2019 Monte-Carlo Masters, where he now resides, when he beat Novak Djokovic to reach the semi-final, his best result on clay to date and he says he enjoys playing at his home venue.

“(I’m) really lucky to be able to stay at home this week. It’s very unfortunate that we won’t have any fans, but now all the club is for us,” said Medvedev.

“It’s definitely one of the most beautiful tournaments in the world right now.”

“But especially after what happened two years ago, I know I can play well on this court.

“Every time I practice on clay, after when I play my match, I try to do my best, but it’s difficult for me. I hope I’m going to have good results this year after the good work I’ve been doing.

“But honestly, there’s nothing I like on clay. There’s always bad bounces, you’re dirty after playing. I really don’t enjoy playing on clay.”

“Mentally I think for me the most important is going to be to know that some shots that maybe would be winners or which I would win the point on hard courts, it’s definitely not the case on clay courts,” said Medvedev.

“You need to do maybe three good shots, like one of which would be enough on hard courts. That’s tough sometimes for me to understand.

“Also, of course, the quality of my ball after the bounce. If I play like on hard courts, it’s not that amazing with my flat strokes. Working on putting some more spin, some more trajectory.

“Yeah, all of this is tough because for 10, 9 months, I’m playing like I’m used to, then I have to change it for two months, still keeping the things that I do well also. Like you cannot change completely your game.”

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