After emerging victorious at the Italian Open, Daniil Medvedev shared that one factor contributing to his outstanding performance this year is his switch to new racket strings.
The second-ranked Russian player has switched to a new type of Technifbre strings and has experienced a remarkable improvement in his game since making the change before the Australian Open.
This year, he has achieved five titles, which is the most he has ever won in his career. On Sunday, he won the Italian Open final against Denmark’s Holger Rune with a score of 7-5 7-5, earning his first clay court trophy.
According to Medvedev, the strings assist him in his game as they are softer and allow for easier ball handling. He made this statement after defeating Rune in a match.
“In Australia, when I lost, my coach and I were impressed by my ability to easily control the ball. It was a great feeling.”
“In Australia, my previous methods were unsuccessful. I had serious doubts about my abilities. Should I revert to my old ways, which had been working well for me? However, I decided to push forward and try new approaches. The results have been astounding.”
Following a delay of one hour and 40 minutes caused by rain in Rome, Medvedev persevered through a close first set against Rune. He saved two break points at 2-2 and then seized the crucial break at 6-5 by quickly approaching the net and attacking a drop shot.
At the age of 20, Rune made two breaks in the second set to gain a 5-3 advantage. However, Medvedev then demonstrated his strong baseline skills and went on to secure the victory by winning the next four games.
At the Italian Open, 27-year-old Medvedev’s victory on clay is a significant achievement, especially since he has primarily won titles on hard courts, including his 2021 US Open triumph.
After Rafael Nadal dropped out of the French Open last week, it is challenging to anticipate the outcome of the second major tennis tournament of the year, as top-ranked player Carlos Alcaraz and 22-time grand slam winner Novak Djokovic are the frontrunners in the men’s singles bracket.
However, Medvedev, who has yet to advance past the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, will likely be optimistic. He faced tough opponents such as Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev during his successful run at the Italian Open and has risen five spots in the men’s rankings this year.
He exclaimed that this victory was extraordinary because he never thought he would be able to achieve it.
“I am still having trouble believing that I played so well this week and won. It’s not the fact that I won, but the level of play I achieved. I am truly grateful and happy to have this trophy with me at home.”
From May 28 to June 11, the French Open will be held and Medvedev, with his powerful ground strokes, is now considered a top contender.