Serbain tennis player Dusan Lajovic has tried to explain why world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev is more beatable on clay than he is on hard. Medvedev, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 2 in the world, made a strong start to the season as he led Russia to winning the second edition of the ATP Cup, before ending runner-up at the Australian Open.
Now, the challenge for the Russian is to try to bring the same level of his game onto clay. ''It seems to me that he is in a bit more hurry on the clay. What suits him least on clay are the frequent changes of rhythm - in the speed of the ball, in the spin and the slice.
He is unstoppable when he enters the kick, when the ball is at hip height or a little higher; when played in the same rhythm, it is a nightmare for every player. On hard, he often knows how to draw the opponent into his game, and on clay, the rival has more space to find a solution,'' Lajovic told Sport Klub.
Lajovic beat Medvedev on clay
In 2019, Lajovic defeated Medvedev in the semifinal of the Monte Carlo Masters to reach his maiden Masters final. Lajovic then fell short of winning his maiden Masters title as in the Monte Carlo final he lost to Italian Fabio Fognini.
Lajovic's fellow compatriot Novak Djokovic is still ranked at No. 1 in the world but Medvedev is making a strong push to overtake the Serb at the top spot. "If he’s healthy, if his mind is clear like he was in Australia and he knows what he wants to do, the sky is the limit.
Like I said before Steffi Graf, 372, you know… anything is possible. Most important is if he’s healthy then we’ll see what’s going to happen," Djokovic's coach Goran Ivanisevic recently said.
Djokovic recently made it past record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer on the all-time list for most weeks spent as world No. 1.