Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev admitted that clay isn't his favorite surface but added he could be dangerous if he finds the game from last year's French Open. Last year, Medvedev made it pretty clear that he's not a big of clay surface.
Still, Medvedev gave his absolute best at the French Open and reached the quarterfinal, before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas. Tsitsipas, who ended runner-up at the French Open last year, beat Medvedev 6-3 7-6 (3) 7-5. Before reaching the French Open quarterfinal last year, Medvedev was 0-4 at Roland Garros.
“I'm not a favorite but I want to play well and get a good result. I know I can. I lost against Tsitsipas but I had set points and served to win the 3rd set. If I find that level again, I could be dangerous," Medvedev said, per We Love Tennis.
Medvedev kicked off his clay season this week
Medvedev missed the start of the clay season because of a hernia surgery. After being out for a month a half, Medvedev returned to action this week in Geneva. Medvedev wasn't at his best in his first match back and Richard Gasquet took the advantage of it to beat the Russian 6-2 7-6 (5).
Even though Medvedev lost, he was glad that he felt physically well. “Physically I felt not bad today. I think more days of practice and [I] should be ready for Roland Garros because physically, even right now, my body feels good.
Let’s see tomorrow morning, because I haven’t played [a tournament] for one month and a half, maybe two months,” Medvedev said. “Hopefully tomorrow morning it’s going to be good also. “[I will] have some days of practice before Roland Garros so I’m going to try to work physically and also tennis-wise.
Hopefully I can try to find the game I had there last year, which is not going to be easy”. It remains to be seen how far Medvedev go at Roland Garros this year.