Daniil Medvedev reacts to surviving Alejandro Davidovich Fokina scare in Madrid

World No. 3 Daniil Medvedev was in good spirits after surviving a tough opener at the Madrid Masters.

Medvedev, seeded at No. 2, recovered from a set down to beat rising Spanish star Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 4-6 6-4 6-2 and progress into the Madrid round-of-16.

After breaking Davidovich Fokina to take a 3-2 first-set lead, Medvedev lost his rhythm as the Spaniard claimed back-to-back breaks to overturn the deficit and win the opener.

Medvedev also blew an early second-set break but broke Davidovich Fokina again in the seventh game and then held on to his serve to force a decider. 

After winning the second set, Medvedev cruised past the third set to complete a comeback win.

“I am happy with the win,” said Medvedev. “The first set wasn’t easy and I thought it was going to be where I had another 25 break points and I wouldn’t win. I finally played quite well and did well in the third set. I think Madrid is a little faster than other clay tournaments, so better for my game.”

Medvedev played his first match on clay in 2021 

When asked about how far has Medvedev fallen behind in his preparation for the French Open, his coach Gilles Cervara said: “It is significant. When you see Stefanos Tsitsipas who has played 10 matches and the certainty he has created by winning nine (by winning in Monte Carlo, (reaching the) final in Barcelona, ed.), he is not the only one. The extent of this delay is unknown. I shouldn’t compare us to other players, we just have to focus on our own goals, day by day, to get to the end of the road. I can’t be ahead of my player.

“We’ll do Madrid and Rome. These tournaments will reveal things that will allow us to discuss and choose what will happen just before Roland Garros. For our training and possibly to play another tournament. He has a lot of room for improvement on clay.
He’s never won a match at Roland Garros.

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