Daniil Medvedev in awe of Novak Djokovic’s grass skills
Daniil Medvedev insists that he cannot fathom how Novak Djokovic manages to win so many matches on grass.
Medvedev describes grass as the toughest surface to play on.
The former World No 1 believes that it only takes coming up against a player serving well to see a player forced into winning tiebreaks to stay in a match.
Medvedev is amazed at the way that Djokovic always seems to find a way to earn a break even against the biggest and best serves in the game.
He hopes to be able to turn out at Wimbledon this year after being barred from the 2022 event.
“I like grass but it’s a very tough surface, it’s a little bit tougher than hard courts, and that’s where I think Novak is amazing winning so many grass-court tournaments,” he told Eurosport.
“Because you can really just get a guy who is going to serve good this day and you have to win the tie-breaks. Novak managed to win so many times 6-4 6-4 6-4, I actually don’t know how he does it.
“So that’s where grass is a little bit tough for me, like for example, I lost to [Tim] Van Rijthoven in the [s-Hertogenbosch] final last year and before the final I was feeling great, playing great, and he was having a good day, hitting bombs, after the match, I was like, ‘okay, one hour, he just hit winners all over the place and I lost’.
“This on hard courts is a little bit less probable to happen. But I want to play on grass, I want to play Wimbledon.
“I don’t know what their decision is going to be. I’m just going to wait for it and hopefully, I can play Wimbledon this year and show some great results.”
Medvedev has just one title to his name on grass but reached the championship match at both the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships in s’Hertogenbosch and the Halle Open.
In both of those finals Medvedev went down to heavy-hitters in Tim van Rijthoven and Hubert Hurkacz.
Medvedev has never progressed beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon and he holds an 8-4 record from four main draw appearances at the All England Club.
He has won 16 of his 17 titles on hard courts and is yet to earn a title on clay.
Medvedev faces Djokovic in the hard court Dubai Tennis Championships semi-final on Friday evening.
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