“I just hate to be on the court,” says Daniil Medvedev as he starts preparation for the clay court season

Daniil Medvedev talks about his battle with covid-19, as he returns to action at Madrid Masters in the coming week.

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Daniil Medvedev
Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev is one of the most promising names on tour. The Russian reached the Australian Open finals this year, and also lifted the Open 13 title. However, he was dealt with a major blow as he contacted the covid-19 virus.

Daniil Medvedev tested positive for the virus prior to the Monte Carlo Masters. The 25-year old missed the tournament in Monte Carlo, and was also missed the Barcelona Open as he was still recovering. Rafael Nadal won the Barcelona Open title last week, and surpassed Medvedev as the world number two.

Recently, Daniil Medvedev revealed his battle with covid-19 and stated that he felt sick for a couple of days. “First week when I come on clay I hate everything around me. I just hate to be on the court, and that’s very rare for me. Then I get used to and it starts to be better,” said Medvedev.

Daniil Medvedev describes his experience of being on a clay court

Daniil Medvedev does not have the best record on clay courts. The Russian is yet to win a match at the French Open in his four attempts. Last year, he was knocked out from the first round of the Hamburg Open and the Roland Garros. However, he hopes to do better this year, and claim his maiden slam in Paris.

Daniil Medvedev revealed his feelings when he first stepped out on a clay court. The 25-year old revealed that he felt terrible and hated to be on court. However, that resolved shortly, as he got used to the clay courts.

First week when I come on clay I hate everything around me. I just hate to be on the court, and that’s very rare for me. Then I get used to and it starts to be better,he said.

Daniil Medvedev will compete at the Madrid Masters in the coming week, where he is seeded second. Rafael Nadal is the top seed, after Novak Djokovic withdrew from the tournament.

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