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Sport Medvedev looking for confidence on grass in Mallorca

08:10  22 june  2021
08:10  22 june  2021 Source:   afp.com

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Medvedev has gone to at least the quarter-finals of every Grand Slam except Wimbledon, where his best result remains making the third round in 2019. A first-round defeat by world number 45 Jan-Lennard Struff last week in Halle raised further questions about Medvedev 's form on grass but he insists he likes the surface. "I like to play on grass , I just need to get some confidence in my game on the surface, because we didn’t play on it for two years," Medvedev told journalists in a press conference.

Daniil Medvedev explains how he feels about playing on grass before the start of the Mallorca Championships, where he is the top seed. You May Also Like: Scouting Report: Daniil & Novak Playing In Mallorca , Gael Leads Eastbourne Field. According to the reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion, who recently made the Roland Garros quarter-finals, there are also other factors in adjusting to grass . “When I started playing on grass , I played in Challengers and even in [ATP] Tour tournaments on the outside courts, not on the central courts, and I can tell that the central courts are

World number two Daniil Medvedev said on Monday he can play his best tennis on grass as the Russian warms up for Wimbledon in Mallorca this week.

a man holding a ball: World number two Daniil Medvedev is warming up for Wimbledon with a tournament in Mallorca © Anne-Christine POUJOULAT World number two Daniil Medvedev is warming up for Wimbledon with a tournament in Mallorca

Medvedev has gone to at least the quarter-finals of every Grand Slam except Wimbledon, where his best result remains making the third round in 2019.

A first-round defeat by world number 45 Jan-Lennard Struff last week in Halle raised further questions about Medvedev's form on grass but he insists he likes the surface.

"I like to play on grass, I just need to get some confidence in my game on the surface, because we didn’t play on it for two years," Medvedev told journalists in a press conference.

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Medvedev has gone to at least the quarter-finals of every Grand Slam except Wimbledon, where his best result remains making the third round in 2019. A first-round defeat by world number 45 Jan-Lennard Struff last week in Halle raised further questions about Medvedev ’s form on grass but he insists he likes the surface. “I like to play on grass , I just need to get some confidence in my game on the surface, because we didn’t play on it for two years,” Medvedev told journalists in a press conference.

Medvedev , who has never won grass title, could meet Casper Ruud in the quarters with Carreno Busta in the semifinals. In the bottom half, Thiem will face Adrian Mannarino to start, then possibly Karen Khachanov in the quarters and Halle champion Humbert in the semifinals. You Might Like: Caroline Garcia Now Great on Grass After Mallorca Title Daniil Medvedev On French Open Moving: It’s Ridiculous, COVID Won’t Disappear In A Week! Medvedev Seeks First Marseille Title Against Hugues-Herbert Tsitsipas Seeks To Get On Track In Marseille Title Defense; Medvedev , Shapovalov Lurk

"Two years ago, I was not the same player as I am right now. It is tough for me to say where I see myself, but I know I can play very good on this surface. I just need to find the right balance."

Medvedev is joined by Dominic Thiem at the Mallorca Championships while Novak Djokovic is a surprise entrant in the doubles.

"It is a really strong field here," said Medvedev, the tournament's top seed.

"Everyone said to Novak Djokovic, 'Why are you going to Belgrade (before the French Open)?'

"But he gained a lot of confidence there. I don’t think he played his best tennis there but then he came and destroyed everyone at Roland Garros.

"I think sometimes it can be good just to prepare ahead of a Grand Slam and win some matches."

Medvedev's first round match will be against Frenchman Corentin Moutet on Tuesday. Thiem plays another Frenchman, Adrian Mannarino.

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