In their first match on the Tour, the top seed Daniil Medvedev defeated Jannik Sinner 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 after an hour and 19 minutes in Marseille 2020. The young Italian had the upper hand in the opener before Daniil took charge, dropping only five points in his service games in sets two and three to control the scoreboard and move over the top in no time.
The Russian lost 15 points in 11 service games, suffering those two breaks in the opener and restoring the order after that to mount the pressure on the youngster. Jannik could not endure it, getting broken four times from seven chances offered to the US Open finalist to end his run in the second round.
This March, Medvedev and Sinner were both seeded players in Marseille, and they met in the quarter-final.
Daniil Medvedev toppled Jannik Sinner in Marseille in straight sets.
The Russian earned a 6-2, 6-4 victory in an hour and 15 minutes to advance into the last four, beating the Italian for the second time in as many encounters.
Serving at 70%, Daniil dropped 13 points in nine service games, fending off the only break chance and mounting the pressure on the other side. Sinner was far from those numbers, struggling on both the first and second serve and losing serve three times from five break chances offered to the top seed.
Medvedev had a massive advantage in the shortest range up to four strokes, doing much damage with his initial shot and the first groundstroke to sail into the next round. Jannik held at love in the opener's third game before spraying a forehand error in the fifth to fall 3-2 behind.
Daniil cemented the advantage with a booming serve in game six and grabbed another break in the next one when his rival netted a backhand. The Russian held at 30 in the eighth game to seal the opener in 34 minutes and gain a boost ahead of set number two.
Sinner fended off a break chance at 1-1 in set number two with a smash winner before placing a volley wide at 2-2 to hand his opponent the desired break. Serving at 4-3, Medvedev saved a break chance with a service winner and held with an ace to remain in front.
Daniil emerged at the top with four powerful serves in the tenth game, passing a formidable opponent in style and staying on the title course.