In the recent past, Daniil Medvedev has emerged as one of the biggest names in the tennis circuit. He has had a terrific run since November on tour where we saw him lift the Paris Masters and the ATP Finals in succession towards the end of the calendar.
The Russian then made a terrific start to the 2021 season by reaching the Australian Open final, where he lost to Novak Djokovic. He then also became the World No.2 becoming the first player since July 18, 2005 outside the Big Four- Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray to be ranked inside the top two.
But the real test for Medvedev has started on Clay. He has made it pretty clear that he absolutely despises playing on the red dirt. This season so far, he has just won one match on the surface, at Madrid last week.
Daniil Medvedev hopes to win at Rome
During his first match at Madrid when he lost the first set, he was frustrated and threw his racket away saying, “I don’t want to Clay on this surface anymore.” This sums up Medvedev’s actual feelings for the dirt. But ahead of the Rome Masters, in an interview the Russian joked that he loves playing on clay and will look to win the Rome Masters.
He joked: “I love to play on clay, that’s my favorite surface. I gain a lot of points during every clay-court swing, I try to win every tournament and I hope to win here in Rome”
Medvedev will open his campaign at Rome in the second round against countryman Aslan Karatsev on Wednesday. This will most probably the last tournament he plays before Roland Garros.