Russian tennis superstar Daniil Medvedev was ready for a tough Wimbledon opener and it turned out to be a tough match for him. Medvedev, who kicked off his grass season in Halle, suffered a straight-set defeat to Jan-Lennard Struff in his Halle opener.
A few weeks later, Medvedev took on Struff in the Wimbledon first round and claimed a 6-4 6-1 4-6 7-6 (3) win. The week before Wimbledon, Medvedev claimed his first grass title in Mallorca. "When I saw the draw the week before in Mallorca, I was like, 'Okay that’s not going to be an easy match,'” Medvedev said in an on-court interview.
“But that’s what tennis is about, rematches and revenges”.
Medvedev arrived to Wimbledon full of confidence
"Winning the title just before a Grand Slam is always a good thing… I’m feeling 100 per cent fit physically," Medvedev said.
“I came to Mallorca trying to win some matches [and] managed to win the tournament. [It was] really important for the confidence to find [out] how you should play on grass [and] what you should do. The final was my best match there.
[I’m] feeling confident coming here." Before the Struff clash, Medvedev underlined that he expected a tough clash. "It’s definitely a tough draw,” said Medvedev, who has a 26-7 match record in 2021.
“Jan is a tough opponent, especially on grass. He's a danger to top players. He can beat top players [and has] proven it many times. What is positive is that in Halle I was far from my best level and I still had chances to close out the first set.
“If I show good tennis, it's not going to be easy for him. If he shows good tennis and serves [well], it's not going to be easy for me. It can be a good match. Hopefully I can be the winner