Daniil Medvedev will be working to improve a winless record at the Madrid Masters as the ATP No. 3 returns to tennis after a positive COVID test in Monte Carlo.
The Russian’s coach Gilles Cervara told TennisMajors of his player’s desire to get on the right side of history with regards to the clay-court Grand Slam, where he failed to win a match at the 2018 and 2019 editions.
“We are going to play Madrid and Rome. These tournaments will reveal things that will allow us to discuss and choose what will happen just before Roland-Garros,” France’s Cervara said.
“Daniil has a lot of room for improvement on clay. He has never won a match at Roland Garros before. But it;s not good to let the pressure get to us.”
The 40-year-old mentor said Medvedev has been working his way back into form for the past week on the clay.
“During the first few days when we watched with a magnifying glass the reaction of his heart, the reaction of his lungs. We paid attention to his feelings of health,headaches, head, difficulty in exertion – to adjust the training.
“You don’t resume overnight after a week off, especially after contracting an unknown virus.”
Cervara said the early days of Madrid, which starts its ATP draw at the weekend, will be crucial.
“The magnitude of his delay (to the clay season) is unknown. We just have to focus on our own goals, day after day, to get to the end of the road.
“A lot depends on the first match, the second match.”