World No. 16 Casper Ruud and Chilean tennis star Cristian Garin have both withdrawn from Halle. Ruud and Garin had both been scheduled to make a debut appearance on the grass courts of Halle this year. Ruud made the third round at the French Open, while Garin suffered a round-of-16 exit at Roland Garros.
Garin beaten by Daniil Medvedev at the French Open
Garin stood no chance against Medvedev as the Russian claimed a 6-2 6-1 7-5 win over the Chilean. “To beat me the opponent needs to play good. First two sets, he didn't play good, so it was in my favour.
Third set he started playing better, he could win it. [It] was a tight set, tight encounter,” Medvedev said after the match. “Straight from the beginning of the match I could almost return every ball in the court”.
“Cristian's serve is not unbelievable. It's quite good, but it's not unbelievable. It makes a difference. I could have easy points on the serve, he couldn't. It's tough to play like this”. Medvedev lost to Garin at the Madrid Masters a few weeks earlier.
“In Madrid, even if I was not playing bad, I felt that any shot could go somewhere where I didn’t want. You can make mistakes. I had only one break point in the first game on his serve, and that was my only break point in the match,” Medvedev said.
“I was missing the returns because I didn't feel confident in my shots and in my game”. Medvedev arrived to Roland Garros without a previous win at the tournament. "I was 0-4 here in Roland Garros, I was losing in Madrid, Rome, I lost Hamburg.
I lost Roland Garros last year. I was on a big streak of not so many won matches on clay, so it was true. I said it before the week, that I was feeling really good, I was looking forward to make [a] great result," Medvedev said before cracking a laugh. "You should trust me."