Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev acknowledged that Australian Matthew Ebden wasn't an easy opponent and that the way their match ended was unfortunate for the Australian. Medvedev, seeded at No. 1, led 6-4 3-1 before Ebden retired the match due to an injury.
Medvedev claimed the first break of the match in the ninth game, before serving out for the match in the following game. Medvedev started the second set with back-to-back breaks, before Ebden retired the match. "Before this [injury], it was a close match.
He was getting close to breaking me at 0/40 [in the first set], so really unfortunate to end the match like this. I knew that even with an injury I had to just continue playing, trying to win," Medvedev said, per the ATP website.
"You cannot give easy points just because he's injured. So I am really sorry for him, hopefully he can recover fast and it's nothing serious."
Medvedev wary of the Pierre-Hugues Herbert threat
3 Medvedev will be fighting against home favorite Herbert for the Marseille title. "He's a tough opponent to play, he does serve and volley, he plays [with] no rhythm, so that's why it's tough to say if I played well or not.
But looking forward for tomorrow," Medvedev said. "Luckily this time [there is] no crowd, because a final against a French guy in Marseille with a crowd would be not an easy challenge." Meanwhile, Herbert said ahead of the final: "I’m really happy about my match [against Humbert] and how I managed to come back on court after my win yesterday against Tsitsipas and still play a good match.
I’m really proud of that and about the final, I play Daniil, third in the world, second [next week]. [He is] a player I’ve played already and a big champion. For sure it’s going to be an interesting final. I’m so happy to be in it and to be able to play such a final”.