Medvedev On Return In Geneva: 'I Feel Great'
Daniil Medvedev returns to action this week at the Gonet Geneva Open for his first competition of the clay-court season. The World No. 2 is ready to compete following a “small procedure” to repair a “small hernia” after Miami.
“I feel great. [I] managed to get around I would say two weeks of good practice and one week of full practice,” Medvedev said. “[I] decided that it’s going to be good to prepare [for the] French Open, to get some matches here. Some matches, hopefully more than one.”
Medvedev will be making his debut in Geneva, where he will play former Top 10 star Richard Gasquet or Australian John Millman in his opening match. The 26-year-old, who has posted several videos of himself training in recent weeks, is hoping to get off to a quick start on his return.
This will be Medvedev’s first appearance on clay since losing in last year’s Roland Garros quarter-finals against Stefanos Tsitsipas, and he is hoping to adjust to the surface quickly. “It’s never been easy for me on clay courts to straightaway start good,” Medvedev said.
The 13-time tour-level champion will pursue his first title of the year in Switzerland and his maiden crown on clay. He will have to overcome a tough field, which includes potential quarter-final opponent Dominic Thiem, defending champion Casper Ruud and third seed Denis Shapovalov.
Most importantly, Medvedev is feeling well leading into his first tournament in six weeks.
“I’m feeling good,” Medvedev said. “Physically, I’m feeling ready.”