Daniil Medvedev: 'Moving Roland Garros for a week is ridiculous, it won't change..'



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Daniil Medvedev: 'Moving Roland Garros for a week is ridiculous, it won't change..'

The ATP Finals champion and one of the world's leading players Daniil Medvedev saved the previous season with a rock-solid performance in Paris and London. The Russian scored ten consecutive victories (seven against the top-10 rivals) to grab 2500 points and pass Roger Federer on the ATP list, finishing inside the top-4 for the first time in a career.

Before finding his best tennis in the closing stages of the reduced season, Medvedev had experienced another Roland Garros failure, losing to world no. 63 Marton Fucsovics in four sets in the opening round. Thus, Daniil has remained empty-handed in the French capital on clay, failing to score a victory in his fourth trip to Paris.

Between 2017-2019, the Russian would lose in the opening round against the French rivals, wasting two sets to love lead against Pierre-Hugues Herbert in one of those for a massive blow. This year's Roland Garros starts on May 31 instead of May 24, with the organizers moving the second Major for a week, hoping for a better situation in France and to gather the crowd to the stands.

Daniil said it was a useless move, as the pandemic with hardly go away within a week. Also, the Russian explained it is a good move for him, as he has two weeks after Rome to prepare for Roland Garros and seek his first victory at the season's second Major.

Daniil Medvedev can't understand the decision to move Roland Garros for a week.

"I'm a bit surprised because if we talk about rules, about the French Open, not the French Open itself, but the country and the government, what does it change if we do it a week later? We're talking about COVID here.

I'm not sure it will change anything. I must say it's a bit ridiculous. But not on the part of the French Federation or the government; it's just the general situation. When you look at it that way, it gives you the feeling that if you postpone by one week, the COVID will disappear in one week.

There are many rules. Sometimes there might have to be some exceptions. As a player anyway, I prefer that because it will give me an extra week to prepare. I'm going to try to use the two weeks after Rome to prepare well and have a good trip there. We'll see what they're going to do for the grass court season," Daniil Medvedev said.