"I feel good. I feel fit." - Medvedev shuts down fitness worries ahead of Madrid Open
The Russian had his Monte-Carlo campaign cut short after he tested positive for the Coronavirus hours before stepping onto the court. The Russian spoke ahead of the Madrid Open and she shut down fitness worries by saying:
"I feel fit. I spent a few days with symptoms like very cold and with some smell problem but I had a good week of training."
For Medvedev the most important thing is to show the best possible version of himself because in his own words when he plays good tennis he can win big games Despite feeling good the Russian is realistic about his lack of playing time on clay and a possible tough matchup in Davidovich Fokina:
"I feel good but for me, it will be a bit harder than the rest. If I play against Davidovich, for example, he has already played five tournaments on clay and I have none."
The Russian also touched upon his known struggles on the surface. Not long ago he famously said that there was nothing he likes about clay. Ahead of the Madrid Open, he took a softer stance:
"What motivates me is knowing that I can win games. I just need to find the confidence but it's hard for me to do it on clay compared to hard courts."
Despite all of that he is excited to play in Madrid because the specific conditions make it a bit easier for him which he confirmed as well:
"The land here with the altitude makes the serve go faster and that is something that makes me feel comfortable before starting the tournament."