‘Last time I played on grass, I was not the same player as I am now, ‘ says Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev says his game has changed significantly since he last played on grass at Wimbledon in 2019 and he needs to build his confidence on the surface.

Medvedev reached the last 32 in his last outing at Wimbledon, and in doing so, he moved into the top ten of men’s tennis.

Since then he has won six hard court titles, reached two Grand Slam finals and is currently ranked world number two.

Having not played on grass for two years, Medvedev entered Halle as a warm-up to Wimbledon but it didn’t go to plan when he got beat in his first match against Jan-Lennard Struff.

Taking a late entry at the Mallorca Championships, the Russian hopes he can build some confidence this week ahead of the All England Slam.

“I like to play on grass, I just need to get some confidence in my game on the surface, because we didn’t play [on it] for two years,” said Medvedev.

“Two years ago, I was not the same player as I am right now.

“It is tough for me to say where I see myself, but I know I can play very good on this surface. I just need to find the right balance.”

Medvedev believes there is a big difference between playing the show courts and the smaller courts on grass and he says its difficult to adapt his game.

“When I started playing on grass, I played in Challengers and even in [ATP] Tour tournaments on the outside courts, not on the central courts, and I can tell that the central courts are quite slow,” Medvedev said.

“Especially the match I played with Gilles Simon at Queen’s [Club], we had rallies of 40 shots every second point. That is what makes it a little bit tougher.

“When I practise on practice courts, I feel like I am playing so good as the ball is so fast. Then I come onto the centre court to play the match, and the ball just stops after the bounce, and you have to adapt your game, so it can be tough. But I know I can play really well on grass.”

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