World number one Daniil Medvedev has had a good grass season so far, and reporters wanted to know if he sought advice from some of his tour mates. Medvedev, previously not known to be so powerful on grass, reached the final at S-Hertogenbosch last week and has now reached the Halle final.
After defeating Roberto Bautista Agut in the Haley quarter-finals, Medvedev joked that he would not go to Novak Djokovic and ask him to reveal some of his secrets about turf. “No, I’m not going to talk about this with the other tennis players, maybe just with my best friends on the tour.
But I’m not going to go to Novak and say, ‘Man, how do you play so well on the lawn? Teach me some tricks, and then I play the final against him and he’s like, ‘Damn! why did you do that? So, I won’t even try.
It’s not true, and I really like to work on it myself,” Medvedev said on Sportskeeda.
Medvedev in the Hertogenbosch race
In the final of Hertogenbosch, Medvedev suffered a surprise consecutive defeat to Tim van Reethoven.
Van Riethoven, who was playing his first ATP final, crushed Medvedev 6-4, 6-1. Coming after the final last week, I was like, ‘Okay, I’m a little devastated, I need to do better next time. The final is a good result but maybe next time, I’ll make it to the semi-finals, quarters or final.
I have to do better, I have to try to win. What can i do better? So I try to work a few days on some stuff in practice, probably to not let the guy dictate the game so much. This is what can help me next time. I might lose again.
I will adapt again and try to be better next time. “I think the right mindset is always trying to be better the next time if you weren’t good enough the last time,” Medvedev said.