World No. 3 Daniil Medvedev recently battled COVID-19 but now he is healthy and set to play his first clay tournament of the season at the Madrid Masters.
"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 a few days but not more than that," Medvedev said, as revealed by Jose Morgado.
"Coming back was not easy first four, five days especially after, you know, laying 10 days in your bed at home also.
"I feel like I had a good one week and a half of practice. I just win doubles so everything seems positive. Of course looking forward to playing here."
Medvedev fell behind in his preparation for the French Open
"It is significant," Medvedev's coach Gilles Cervara recently told Tennis Majors. "When you see Stefanos Tsitsipas who has played 10 matches and the certainty he has created by winning nine (by winning in Monte Carlo, (reaching the) final in Barcelona, ed.), he is not the only one. The extent of this delay is unknown. I shouldn’t compare us to other players, we just have to focus on our own goals, day by day, to get to the end of the road. I can’t be ahead of my player”.
Stunningly, Medvedev has never won a match at the French Open as he has four first round exits.
"We’ll do Madrid and Rome. These tournaments will reveal things that will allow us to discuss and choose what will happen just before Roland Garros. For our training and possibly to play another tournament. He has a lot of room for improvement on clay. He’s never won a match at Roland Garros. We’ve been seen joking about it before, which is good for not letting the pressure get to us, but I don’t feel like joking much anymore," Cervara added.