Daniil Medvedev has finally shrugged off his Clay woes and answered all the critics about his ability to play and perform at the highest level even if it’s on Clay.
Medvedev who was yet to win a match at the Roland Garros in 4 attempts before the ongoing French Open 2021, dropped just 1 set in his run to the quarter-finals where he met the in-form Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas who beat the Russian 6-3, 7-6(3), 7-5.
Medvedev looks back at his week at this year’s French Open
Daniil had his struggles on Clay exposed and even though he took it jokingly saying he needs just 1 win at all Clay tournaments, his frustration was visible on the court when the World No. 2 made early exits. However, what looks like a good week in Paris this year, the Russian spoke in the press-conference about his time and what was different this time as he reached the quarters.
“Every time I dont win a tournament, its a kind of disappointment. But before coming here, as I said, the first time I came here, it was Thursday or something. I was feeling good straight away, so I was like ‘I can get good results’. But before coming here, if anybody told me I’d be in the quarters, losing to (Stefanos) Tsitsipas in a tough match, I’d sign for it,” said a laughing Medvedev.
“I won’t lie I would sign for it, especially being 0-4 in the first rounds before. So I think it was a great tournament and a great fight today. I was fighting until the last point. If we talk about the last point, that was tactically what I wanted to do with the serve, it wasn’t that I wanted to leave the court or anything,“
“I got really unlucky on some important points, but that’s tennis, especially on Clay, for me it’s tougher to get the break points done and stuff like this. I felt that he was a bit better on Clay today again.” added Medvedev about his match with Tsitsipas.
“He’s a great player that’s why he won” Daniil Medvedev on Stefanos Tsitsipas
This was the 8th meeting between the two players, while Medvedev leads handsomely at 6-2, with the form Stefanos is in, he can surely reduce the margin in their next meetings.
“Tennis is sometimes about just a few points, so it’s a big pity that I didn’t manage to close it out at 6-5. I made a dropshot that he didn’t even run to and missed it by inches. So I feel like that was the match. I was fighting, I was adjusting my tactics after the first set where he was definitely much better than me,” spoke Medvedev.
“He was a up a break, I tried to fight back, but yeah, he won I feel a great tennis match. I don’t have much to say, maybe a bit unlucky but at the same time again we need to see what the head-to-head will be when I’m 35 and he’s 33. Then it’s going to get interesting. Right now, every match is a new match. He’s a great player that’s why he won.” concluded Medvedev in his last press-conference at the French Open 2021.
While Medvedev is yet to confirm his participation in the upcoming Grass tournaments, fans will be eager to see the Russian back in action after a successful week in Paris.
Stefanos Tsitsipas will now meet Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals of the French Open 2021 in what will be their first Grand Slam meeting.