Russia's Daniil Medvedev has underlined that it takes time for him to mentally and physically adapt to clay surface. Medvedev, ranked at No. 2 in the world, prefers hard surface as it's not a secret that clay is his least favorite surface.
Medvedev kicked off his clay season last week as he made the Madrid Masters round-of-16 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. "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.
"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."
Medvedev has to make adjustments
Medvedev acknowledged that he can't play on clay like he plays on hard. "Yeah, it's a tough question, because if I play exactly like on hard courts, I'm not gonna win on clay.
Maybe one match, but I will be lucky if I win it. So I have to adapt my game," Medvedev admitted. "The other question is I'm never gonna be like some Spanish players, you know, that from since 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.
"So I have to, with my shots that I know how to make which work on hard courts, I just have to make small, how I can call it, adjustments to make them work for clay. "That's what I'm trying to do. And again, you know, even if I don't like clay I was able to beat many good guys.
Even this year again I played two good clay-court players. I managed to win one in three sets. I lost the other win in three sets. Many times clay it about these three-set matches. Both of them were over two hours. So physically I need to improve and matches will help me. It's about the small adjustments."