World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev has tried to explain why it's tougher for him to play on clay than on hard. Medvedev, who made it past Rafael Nadal on the ATP ranking list this Monday, prefers hard and grass over clay. Medvedev, who was withdrawn from the Monte Carlo Masters after testing positive for the coronavirus, kicked off his clay season last week at the Madrid Masters.
Medvedev beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in his Madrid opener, before losing to Cristian Garin. "Yeah, about clay, it's everything, actually, because for some players, and I know it because they also say it, you know, for some players hard courts can be tough in terms of injuries, in terms of body, so for me it's clay," Medvedev said.
"Every time I play first tournaments on clay it's really tough on my body, because I feel like, yeah, my game is not adapted to it, so I have to force my body, my shots. My muscles to do something they are not used to.
Physically and mentally in tennis it's very tough, so I need time to get used to, to adapt."
Medvedev happy with Madrid campaign
Prior to the Davidovich Fokina win, Medvedev was 0-2 Madrid. Medvedev came to Madrid with the goal of winning at least one match at the tournament.
"I feel like Madrid was a good tournament finally. Match with Garin was good match also, even if I lost. So hopefully I can get some confidence going more and more," Medvedev said. "About Roland Garros, I mean, to be honest, it's last year that it was in strange dates, so this year it's normal clay season with all of the tournaments being held.
So I feel like, yeah, I feel like it's good. It's just a pity that one week grass court was taken because of this."