World No.3 Daniil Medvedev is one of the best players on tour currently. He reached the final of the Australian Open earlier this year and also achieved the No.2 ranking. He is currently in Madrid and is scheduled to play his first match on Wednesday.
Recently, in an interview, Medvedev shared his thoughts about the Big 3. He also regrets that he didn’t get to play Federer in his prime.
Medvedev said: “All three are tough to play. Roger Federer remains an amazing player and an idol to everyone. I am down 0-3 in the H2H, even if when I faced him I was not as good as now.”
Medvedev has lost against Federer in all three meetings – at Miami 2019, Basel 2018 and Shanghai 2018. On the contrary, he has a head-to-head record of 1-3 against Nadal and 3-5 against Djokovic. He also defeated both players on his way to the 2020 Nitto ATP Finals trophy.
‘It’s tougher on clay than hard court’: Daniil Medvedev
Medvedev will begin his Clay court swing at the Madrid Masters. He was scheduled to play in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, but was forced to withdraw after testing positive for COVID-19. The Russian isn’t very fond of play on Clay. He is yet to get past the opening round at Roland Garros and would like to change his fate this year.
About his preparation in the lead up to Roland Garros, he said: “The goal for all 3 tournaments, Rome, Roland Garros and Madrid, is to at least win one match in each of them. Step by step. Of course when I come to the tournaments the main goal is to win it. But it’s tougher on clay than hard court.”
“I don’t think it will change, to be honest. It’s just about playing on clay. I think my shots, my movement and my physical appearance doesn’t suit clay.”
Second seed Medvedev will face in form Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the second round of the Madrid Masters on Wednesday.