‘Probably beating Novak Djokovic in a Slam is like…’, says ATP ace

Looking for progress on the grass for Daniil Medvedev. The current number one in the world, who has decided to do without the clay court season except for a brief appearance at the ATP in Geneva and Roland Garros, has chosen to focus on grass to improve the results of previous years. Although he is unable to participate in Wimbledon due to the war in Ukraine, the Russian has entered all the tournaments that precede the British Grand Slam. In the Netherlands, the Russian tennis player reached the final, losing to the host Tim Van Rijthoven; in Halle, however, he reached the semi-finals, beating his bête noire, Bautista Agut, in straight sets. In Germany, Medvedev has yet to drop a set, but the Grand Slam champion admitted that he still needs to improve on this surface. However, to achieve this, progress must come by itself, without asking anyone for advice, especially Novak Djokovic. “No, I’m not going to talk about it with other tennis players, maybe just with my best friends on tour,” said Daniil Medvedev, who then tried to explain why he doesn’t want to ask a player and friend like Djokovic for advice, who has won six times at Wimbledon. “But I’m not going to go see Novak [Djokovic] and say, ‘how do you play so well on grass? Teach me some tricks,’ and then I’m going to play the final against him and he’s like, ‘Bad!’ Why did I do that?’ So I’m not even going to try. It’s not fair and, besides, I really like working alone,” concluded the Russian in his post-match press conference in Halle. Medvedev had also talked about the improvements on this surface at the end of the Dutch tournament: “I try to be better next time. I think the right mindset is to always try to be better next time if you weren’t good enough last time,” said the number one in the world after the final he lost at the Open de Libema in ‘s-Hertogenbosc.

Berrettini on facing Nole Djokovic

Matteo Berrettini believes beating Novak Djokovic will be a tougher task as compared to beating Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, despite Nadal’s unbeaten run in Grand Slams this season. “I’m not saying it’s going to be easy to beat Rafa there, but I think Novak will be harder,” Berrettini said. “Probably beating him in a Slam is like one of the toughest things you can ever think to do. Last year, he won three Grand Slams and made it to the finals of the fourth. This makes it hard to find a way to beat him,” Berrettini said. “But one thing is for sure: every time I play him in a Slam, I feel like I’m getting closer to him because, obviously, the more you play against someone, the more you learn about them,” he added.