Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev, 25, has admitted that once he believed that the more aggressive you are, the bigger your chances were of winning. However, a lot has changed since those days as Medvedev is now aware that tennis is a tactical game and a game of many details.
Medvedev has established himself as one of the top players on the Tour as now he is ranked at a career-high ranking of No. 2 in the world and he is a two-time Grand Slam runner-up. "When you are young, you think, I need to hit the ball as strong as I can because people out there, they are going to hit stronger, faster.
It's not the case. As soon as I started playing with the real pros, I was like, 'Damn, maybe I'm hitting stronger than them. But it's all about the other small details: tactics, strategy, which shot to play at which moment, not cracking under pressure,"' Medvedev said, as revealed by Ravi Ubha.
Medvedev hoping for a big clay season.
Medvedev made a strong start to the season as he led Russia to winning the ATP Cup, before ending runner-up to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final. Recently, Serb Dusan Lajovic tried to explain why Medvedev is more beatable on clay than on hard.
"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. It remains to be seen if Medvedev can lift his maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open.