Coming back was not easy: Daniil Medvedev opens up on his COVID-19 battle

The world no. 3 also revealed his plans and goals for the clay-court season, where he hasn't enjoyed much success in his career.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 3 May 2021 11:28 pm

Russian tennis sensation Daniil Medvedev made a winning comeback to court in Mutua Madrid Open after recovering from coronavirus. Having lost out to Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarter-final of Miami Open on April 1, the 25-year-old has been out of action after he tested positive for COVID-19. However, the Russian won his battle against the virus and is back on the court in Spain. Medvedev won his first round of men's doubles with partner Marcelo Demoliner on Sunday. In the singles, he will take on either a qualifier or Spain's Davidovich Fokina in the first round.

Medvedev describes his challenging experience

After winning the first round of men's doubles, the Russian revealed that he came to Spain because he felt fit. However, he did admit that last few days were tough as he opened up on his battle with COVID-19 and his recovery. Medvedev said, "So I felt some sickness symptoms. It was like a strong cold, you know, or something like this. Had some nose and throat blocked a little bit, weakness for few days but not more than that."

"Coming back was not easy first four, five days especially after, you know, laying ten days in your bed at home also. I feel like I had a good one week and a half of practice. I just won doubles, so everything seems positive. Of course, looking forward to play here," he added.

The goal is to win at least one match: Medvedev

The world no. 3 is starting his comeback trail with the clay-court season, where he hasn't enjoyed much success. Medvedev revealed his plans in the pre-tournament conference of Madrid Open and revealed his goals for the clay season. He said, "I always said for me it's always step by step. So the goal actually for all three tournaments, Rome, Roland-Garros, and Madrid, is to at least win one match in each of them.”

He added that winning some matches will give him a feel of winning matches on clay, which is the most important thing for him. It is going to be a really interesting next few days for Medvedev as fans eagerly wait to see how he performs on his comeback.