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Medvedev boasts high comfort level on grass ahead of SW19 return
The Russian is fresh off winning his first grass-court title in Mallorca.
Published Jun 28, 2021
Daniil Medvedev knows what he likes about the grass.
"To be honest, almost everything," he told press before the start of Wimbledon. "Just sometimes bad bounces can be tough. I like the feel of being on grass; you can lay down, you can jump for the ball and you can sit on the grass, you don't need to sit on the chair. It's actually relaxing to be on the grass, especially when it's good weather and the sun is shining."
And yes, even playing tennis on it. The 25-year-old Russian has flat groundstrokes that are even more effective on the surface.
"Of course, it suits my game," he added, with a laugh. "For my strokes, for the return even. But the thing about grass that is not easy is is you have to adapt to it. That's what I did."
Medvedev did this at Mallorca, entering the Spanish tournament following an opening-round defeat at Halle. He won the title, defeating Sam Querrey in the final just before the start of Wimbledon.
"Really important for the confidence, to try to find the way I should play on grass. The finals was the best match there, so feeling confident," he said.
"Winning a title before a Grand Slam is always a good thing, unless you get injured, or something. But I'm feeling 100 percent fit, physically."
Having got used to the grass coming into Wimbledon, he will begin his campaign against a familiar opponent—Jan-Lennard Struff, who defeated him in Halle.
''Playing Jan in Halle helps, actually, before this first round, because it tells me what to do differently,'' he said.
The world No. 2 has reached the third round in his last two SW19 appearances and upset Stan Wawrinka when he first played the main draw in 2017.