‘If I beat Roger Federer now it wouldn’t be the same as…’, says Top 5

In the Mutua Madrid Open the season will open on Daniil Medvedev’s red with a few weeks of delay due to the covid-19 positivity found in the first days of the Monte-Carlo tournament which forced the Russian to forfeit. Not an idyllic relationship, to put it mildly, the one between the number 3 in the world and the crushed brick. The characteristics of him, in fact, do not blend well with the surface, indeed. And this is exactly what the Russian spoke about on the eve of the Spanish tournament that will see him debut against the winner of the match between the French Herbert and the Spanish Davidovich Fokina. “Honestly, I don’t think he will change my relationship with clay,” Medvedev said. “I think my shots and my physique don’t fit well on this surface. The first week I arrive on earth, I hate everything around me. I hate being on the pitch and that’s very rare for me. Then I get used to it and the situation improves. What motivates me the most is that I am capable of winning games. A few years ago I beat great players on clay, I was in great shape. So I know that I am capable of doing it again, I just have to rediscover those sensations, which are difficult for me on this surface”. The Russian will take part in the Madrid appointment only for the third time in his career and is still on the hunt for his first success, despite the faster conditions of the fields: in 2018 he lost in two sets against Edmund, while the following year he surrendered in three against Pella. “I think the altitude can help me. Madrid’s courts are the most similar to hard courts due to those conditions, because this clay court is faster and the serve can also reach a higher speed. So this is one of the factors that makes me feel most comfortable in this tournament. I have to see how I feel in the first match, because it will be very important to gain confidence,” says the Russian. Daniil Medvedev – now 25 years old – is part of a new generation of players that have been trying to dethrone Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic from the top of the men’s game.

Medvedev talks about the Big 3

“All three are tough,” Daniil Medvedev said. “But when I played Roger Federer I was a worse player than now, which doesn’t mean anything, because if I beat him now it wouldn’t be the same as when he was 25 years old. He remains an amazing gamer and an idol to everyone.” The Russian then refined his answer by separating the Big 3 based on their favoured surfaces and events. “It’s actually easy to answer,” Medvedev continued. “Rafa at Roland Garros, Djokovic in Australia and Roger at Wimbledon.”

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