Daniil Medvedev has his guard up on clay despite advancing on Wednesday into the third round of the Madrid Masters 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 over Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

The Russian who has in the past expressed an unmistakable hostility to the surface, may be mellowing slightly – but not too much.

“Even if I would win Roland Garros one day after Rafa (Nadal) retires, I will still like other surfaces more, but it’s only my opinion.”

The 25-year-old player who attended a year of university before dedicating himself to tennis full-time at age 21, said that he didn’t miss out on teenaged life even while constructing his tennis future.

“I was going to the cinema, playing PlayStation.. I don’t think I missed out on a lot. I was not paying too much attention to small details.I could enjoy life because I thought that it wouldn’t affect my tennis.”

But once he got serious about the sport: “At 21 I sacrificed my life to tennis. I said, ‘Okay, I’m going to go to bed early, I’m going to eat well. If I had a day off, I’m not gonna, I don’t know, walk for 10 kilometers at the beach.’

“I’m going to rest and prepare for the practice the next day. That’s when the results came, so I cannot regret it.”

Medvedev said that while he eats healthy most of the time, there is the occasional exception.

“Many times when I lose a match or finish a tournament, I take McDonald’s. It’s really good in Russia – much less good in USA and Europe, I don’t why.

“When you are depressed, you take an ice cream.”

Main photo:- Daniil Medvdev winning second round match by ATPTour.com/Corrine Dubreuil

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