Daniil Medvedev aiming to ‘win at least one match’ at Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros

Daniil Medvedev interview

His record at the Madrid Open, Italian Open and Roland Garros does not make for pretty reading so it is unsurprising that Daniil Medvedev is looking to get a few wins under his belt over the next few weeks.

Medvedev has played two matches in Madrid, two in Rome and four at the French Open, but he is yet to taste victory in any of those tournaments.

After being forced to miss the Monte-Carlo Masters due to a positive coronavirus result, the world No 3 returns at the Madrid Open this week, hoping to break his duck.

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“I always said for me it’s always step by step. So the goal actually for all three tournaments, Rome, Roland Garros, and Madrid, is to at least win one match in each of them. You know, step by step,” he said.

“Of course when I come to the tournament, the main goal is to win it. It’s tougher on clay than on hard court, so will adjust, yeah, try my best, hope to show some good tennis, because that’s the most important. When I show good tennis I can win some great matches.”

Medevedev, though, has in the past showed that he can beat the best in the business on clay as at the 2019 Monte-Carlo Masters he beat the likes of Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas en route to the semi-finals.

Although the Russian is the first to admit that his game is not suited to clay, he is looking to improve his record on the surface.

“I don’t think it will change, to be honest,” he said. “I think my shots, my movement, my physical appearance doesn’t suit clay.

“The big thing that motivates me is that I know that I’m capable to win matches. Two years ago I beat some really good guys. Was in really good shape. So I know that I’m capable. Just need to always find this confidence and this feeling which is tougher for me to find on clay than on hard courts.”

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