Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev suffered an early exit at the Madrid Masters but still he was happy with the way things went for him in the Spanish capital. Medvedev, ranked at No. 3 in the world, recovered from a set down in the Madrid second round against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
Medvedev, who had a first round bye in Madrid, clinched his first win at the tournament before losing to Cristian Garin in the round-of-16. "If we talk about Madrid, of course in general the result I did there, I'm not happy, but I played against two really great clay-court players,” Medvedev said in his pre-tournament press conference, per the ATP website.
“I mean, Davidovich beat [Matteo] Berrettini in Monte-Carlo, and now Berrettini is in the final in Madrid. Cristian was actually up a set and a break against Matteo, who is in the final of Madrid. [It] was two good matches, one that I managed to win, so [it] gives [me] some confidence”.
Medvedev now hopes to win a match at the Rome Masters
Before his win over Davidovich Fokina, Medvedev had a career record of 0-2 in Madrid. Medvedev is also 0-2 in Rome as he hopes to finally win his first match at the tournament this year.
"I'm never going to be like some Spanish players that from [when] they are young they know, ‘Okay, I turn around the forehand, I spin the ball, I play high over the net, I make the ball bounce close to the line,’” Medvedev reflected.
“So I have to, with my shots that I know how to make work on hard courts, make small adjustments to make them work for clay… Physically I need to improve and matches will help me. It's about the small adjustments”. Medvedev, who will return to No. 2 on Monday, has a first round bye in Rome.