Daniil Medvedev has no concerns about US Open Covid-19 precautions

The world No 5 is the third seed in the men's draw, behind Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem

Aug 26, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Daniil Medvedev (RUS) walks off the court following his match against Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) in the Western & Southern Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
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Russia's Daniil Medvedev had no doubts about playing this year's US Open in New York despite the novel coronavirus pandemic causing several high-profile players to withdraw from both sides of the draw.

The world No 5 is the third seed in the men's draw, behind Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem, for the Grand Slam tournament that starts on Monday.

"I don't think I ever really doubted playing here," Medvedev, 24, told reporters at Flushing Meadows on Saturday. "I was almost sure I will come here.

"Safety was a priority for everybody [but] as soon as everybody really got the information of how it's going to be here I think everybody decided to go."

Medvedev added that he felt safe with the bio-security measures put in place by tournament organisers, which includes playing without crowds.

"I think to get infected here is really tough," he said. "I think it's a good bubble."

While the men's draw has lost Nadal, who beat Medvedev in five sets in last year's final, 20-time grand slam winner Roger Federer and 2016 champion Stan Wawrinka, the Russian is not prepared to get too far ahead of himself repeating this year.

"When I come into the slam, my goal is to win seven matches," he said ahead of his first-round clash with Argentina's Federico Delbonis on Tuesday.

"But I take it match by match."

Prior to this week's Western and Southern Open, which was played in New York, Medvedev had not played since February due to the Covid-19 shutdown.

He made the quarter-finals of the event, which is normally played in Cincinnati, and felt he was as prepared as he could be for the Grand Slam.

"There was a huge layoff," he said. "The three matches I played, I actually liked my level.

"Hopefully I can just show some great tennis [and] I will have my chances to go deep in the tournament."