Former world No. 7 Richard Gasquet called Daniil Medvedev "a very special player" as he is hoping to use the advantage of the fact that the Russian will today be playing his first match following a lengthy absence.
Medvedev, ranked at No. 2 in the world, underwent a sports hernia surgery after Miami. After missing the beginning of the clay season, Medvedev took a wildcard into Geneva, where he is the top seed. Medvedev had a first round bye and on Tuesday he will be kicking off his clay season against Gasquetl.
“I hope I can take advantage of the fact that this is his first match in a while. Daniil is a very special player. In my eyes, he is clearly the best from the new generation," Gasquet said, per We Love Tennis.
Gasquet has a losing record versus Medvedev
Gasquet and Medvedev met for the first time in Montpellier in 2018, when the Frenchman claimed a routine straight-set win.
In 2020 at the St. Petersburg Open, Medvedev beat Gasquet in three sets. At last year's US Open, Medvedev saw off Gasquet in straight sets. Gasquet will be hoping for his second victory versus Medvedev when he takes on the Russian in Geneva.
On Monday, Gasquet defeated Australian John Millman 6-3 6-1. Gasquet made a fast start aganst Millman, breaking the Australian in the opening game of the match. Gasquet faced two break points in the eighth game but saved them to take a 5-3 lead.
After saving two break points, Gasquet broke Millman in the ninth game, when the Australian was serving to stay in the set. The two players were to one game apiece in the second game, before Gasquet claimed back-to-back breaks and won five games in a row to seal a straight-set win in style.
Gasquet is capable of playing well on clay and he will definitely have his chances versus Medvedev. Medvedev hasn't played in a month and a half and hard to imagine him being at his best in his first match after being out for a significant time.