Daniil Medvedev indicates he will try something a bit different this clay season as he is hoping to also find a formula to be a good clay-court player. Medvedev, 27, made five consecutive finals in his last five tournaments played.
But Medvedev is now switching from hard to clay courts as the Russian is starting his clay season at the Monte Carlo Masters. Medvedev has 19 titles in his collection but he has never won a title on clay. It is not a secret that Medvedev prefers hard – and even grass – over clay.
Medvedev indicated he will try something different on clay
“I definitely have to change a little bit because my, my strokes are too flat and clay doesn’t let it go through the court enough and often opponents can use it.
At the same time, you cannot change what you do nine months a year, drastically. So I have to find a good balance where I still play my game with a little kick to it, like changing just maybe some shots in the right moment.
And that’s how I can be good and that’s how I was able to be good in the good moments. The tough part, yes, sometimes it doesn’t work. And that makes me really angry because on hard courts, even if kind of I lose (a point), I know what’s what’s wrong, in a way, in the point, like I know, OK, that shot was not good enough or something.
On clay, sometimes I feel like I do the right thing and I’m getting destroyed. And I don’t like it,” Medvedev said, per Tennis Majors. In Monte Carlo, Medvedev is the third-seeded player and has a first-round bye.
After a first-round bye, Medvedev plays against the winner of the match between Lorenzo Sonego and Ugo Humbert. It remains to be seen how well can Medvedev do this week.