Medvedev comes clean: ‘I don’t like clay’

 Medvedev comes clean: ‘I don’t like clay’
LONDON - Daniil Medvedev has risen to No. 2 in the world on the back of his incredible consistency during the hardcourt swing but the Russian says he will be outside his comfort zone when he takes to the clay for this week’s Monte Carlo Masters. Medvedev replaced Rafa Nadal as No. 2 last month, becoming the first player outside the Spaniard, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray to be ranked in the top two since Lleyton Hewitt in July 2005. But all 10 of his career titles have come on hard courts and the 25-year-old has never managed to get past the first round of the French Open on the red clay at Roland Garros in four attempts. “Honestly, there’s nothing I like on clay,” Medvedev told reporters with a wry smile on Sunday. “There’s always bad bounces, you’re dirty after playing. I really don’t enjoy playing on clay.” The Russian, who lives in Monte Carlo, had one of his best results on clay two years ago when he beat Djokovic on his way to the semi-finals of the ATP Masters 1000 event but says it is difficult to adapt his game to the surface. “Mentally for me the most important is to know that some shots that maybe would be winners or I would win the point on hard courts, it’s definitely not the case on clay courts,” he said. “Working on putting some more spin, some more trajectory. 

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