World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev insists he loves playing on grass as he hopes he can gain some confidence on the surface ahead of Wimbledon. Medvedev, who has never been considered as a top grass-court player, got beaten in his Halle opener last week.
This week, Medvedev is the top-seeded player at an ATP 250 event in Mallorca. “I like to play on grass, I just need to get some confidence in my game on the surface, because we didn’t play [on it] for two years.
Two years ago, I was not the same player as I am right now,” Medvedev said. “It is tough for me to say where I see myself, but I know I can play very good on this surface. I just need to find the right balance. “In Halle, I had three days of practice, which was definitely not enough to feel good.
I lost my first round against a great player, so it [was] not easy, [and] that is why I decided to come to Mallorca to try and get some more matches”.
Medvedev defends his decision to play the week before Wimbledon
Medvedev suggested that he would have more success if he played on smaller courts.
“When I started playing on grass, I played in Challengers and even in [ATP] Tour tournaments on the outside courts, not on the central courts, and I can tell that the central courts are quite slow,” Medvedev said.
“Especially the match I played with Gilles Simon at Queen’s [Club], we had rallies of 40 shots every second point. That is what makes it a little bit tougher. “When I practise on practice courts, I feel like I am playing so good as the ball is so fast.
Then I come onto the centre court to play the match, and the ball just stops after the bounce, and you have to adapt your game, so it can be tough. But I know I can play really well on grass”. Novak Djokovic won Belgrade 2 the week before Roland Garros and then also won the French Open.
“It is a really strong field here,” Medvedev said. “Everyone said to Novak Djokovic, ‘Why are you going to Belgrade [the week before Roland Garros]?’ But he gained a lot of confidence there. I don’t think he played his best tennis there, but then he came and destroyed everyone at Roland Garros, so I think sometimes it can be good just to prepare ahead of a Grand Slam and win some matches”.