Daniil Medvedev says he was joking when he said he only wanted to win one match at Roland Garros, his goal is really to win the tournament.
Medvedev has an appalling record at Roland Garros, failing to win a single game in his four appearances so far. Up until this year he’d also failed to win a single match at the Madrid or Rome Masters as well.
In fact, despite being world number two, the Russian’s performances on clay have always failed to impress despite a brief spell in 2019 where he reached the Monte-Carlo Masters semi-final and the Barcelona final.
In comparison, all ten of his titles including three Masters and on ATP Finals crown have come on hard surface.
Medvedev joked early this season that he had set himself a goal to win just one match each at Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros. He managed to win his first match at Madrid, but failed to win once again at Rome and he is now hoping that the same won’t happen in Paris.
“I try to stay positive. I have had bad results lately on this surface and I know that my game is not very effective on clay,” Medvedev told champtionat.com
“But still, you are right – I have had very good victories on this surface. This proves that I can play well on clay. I just have to work hard and find my way.
“I was joking when I said that. About “winning at least one match at Roland Garros is a joke, of course!
“If this were really my worldview, I would not even compete. My real goal is to win the tournament! To do this, I’ll just focus on each match and try to win each of them.”
As well as main coach, Gilles Cervara, Medvedev has added Russian former player Igor Andreev as assistant coach and says he is hoping this will help to adapt his game to the red dirt.
“He joined my team for clay season as an assistant coach. During his career, Igor Andreev has achieved great success on clay, and I am sure that he will be a great addition to my team to help me master this difficult surface for me.”
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