World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev has mostly said the right things about the 2022 French Open, as the Russian has done his best to paint the image that he has a renewed energy on clay. However, it’ll be interesting to see whether or not that attitude holds up when the going gets tough, and he could run into some problems against world No. 56 Laslo Djere in his second-round match at Roland Garros. Djere is one of the true remaining dirtballers on the ATP Tour, which makes him a threat to compete whenever he hits the clay.
Medvedev’s struggles on clay—and more specifically at this event—are well documented. While the 26-year-old has enjoyed success at the highest level pretty much everywhere else, last year’s loss in the quarterfinals was Medvedev’s career-best result in this tournament. The Russian also happened to have a pretty easy draw to get to that point, coloring us skeptical that he’ll find a way to repeat a run like that on a surface he despises. And make no mistake: Medvedev will be using every expletive in the book to complain about the clay once his level drops a bit.