Daniil Medvedev: I like to play on grass but I need some confidence on surface

Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev insists he loves to play on grass despite his not-so-great career record on the surface. 

Medvedev kicked off his grass season last week in Halle, where he lost Jan-Lennard Struff in his opening match. 

This week, Medvedev is the No. 1 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, per the ATP website. “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 has an interesting theory

“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.”

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