World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev always sets high goals as he arrives to tournaments with the goal of winning it but he knows it won't be easy for him to lift titles during the clay season. Medvedev kicked off his clay season last week at the Madrid Masters, where he beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina before losing to Cristian Garin in the round-of-16.
"Yeah, you know, as I always say, when I come to the tournament, of course the big goal is to win the tournament because my ranking doesn't let me do otherwise. But you have to take it step by step," Medvedev said.
"If we talk about Madrid, you know, of course in general the result I did there, I'm not happy, but I played against two really great clay-court players. I mean, Davidovich beat 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. Was two good matches, one that I managed to win, so gives some confidence. "I feel like, yeah, it's just a bit tougher for me to win matches on clay than maybe on hard courts, but have a really tough opponent no matter who wins the first match against Kecmanovic and Karatsev, and hopefully I can at least make this first step and then get the confidence more and more and then maybe do something more."
Medvedev not stressing himself over points
Medvedev climbed up to No. 2 on this week's updated ATP ranking list as he made it past Rafael Nadal. "No, no stress at all. I feel like clay court will always be the swing for me that the more points I make the better it is.
Even talking about Madrid, if I'm not mistaken, I got 90, so plus 80 from two years ago or something like this," Medvedev said. "Of course normally doesn't make a difference, but actually, I don't know -- I don't know how much Rafa is behind because he didn't win Madrid or something, but I don't know.
Maybe this 80 made the difference. "Every match I win, the further I go in the tournaments, the better for me. I'm not looking to make, like Rafa, 5,000 points during clay season, you know. But the more I make, the better it is, and the better it will be for my confidence on other surfaces, the better it will be for the ranking to be seeded.
Maybe on some, yeah, like for example Roland Garros, I don't care if I'm seeded second or third one. Doesn't make a difference for me who to play in the semifinal, to be honest. But some other Grand Slam it can make a difference."