“But he understands my feeling very well because he also is not very happy on clay, so we're quite similar there. So we have a good understanding when we're on this surface.”
Kecmanovic reached five straight quarter-finals in early 2022, before making the semi-finals on clay in Munich. He’s ranked 31 in the world and he’ll get the chance to test himself against another of the world's best when he plays Medvedev.
“It's definitely not going to be easy,” said Kecmanovic ahead of his first meeting with the world No.2. “He's playing good, but of course it's not his favourite surface, he doesn't feel the most comfortable here.
"So if I want to play him I think it's definitely better to play him on clay than somewhere else, so I'll try to play the best that I can and we'll see what happens.”
Kecmanovic said his experience of pushing Carlos Alcaraz close in Miami and playing a good match against Rafael Nadal in Madrid was helping his confidence heading into such a big encounter.
“I had some close ones with Rafa on clay, with Carlos, with Diego (Schwartzman) in Rome, so all those matches, Novak (Djokovic), of course, in Belgrade, there's a lot of matches against top guys that I'm a lot more closer than before, so that's a good sign,” he said.