World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev used to slip on the grass very often but this grass season that hasn't been the case. Medvedev, seeded at No. 2 in the Wimbledon main draw, kicked off his campaign at The Championships with a four-set win over Jan-Lennard Struff.
A few weeks ago, Medvedev kicked off his grass season in Halle but his campaign was short-lived as he got beaten by Struff in his opener at the tournament. On Tuesday, Medvedev made a victorious start to his Wimbledon campaign and got his revenge over Struff.
"I used to fall on the grass very often, at least once per match. This year — knocking on the wood — I'm fine. Lacoste designed really great shoes. Grass can't stay dry in this weather but I'm doing great.
Hope I'll go on without falling both literally and figuratively speaking," Medvedev said, per Oleg S./Twitter.
Medvedev routinely handled Struff
Struff won the third set to force a fourth set against Medvedev but the Russian prevented the German from claiming a comeback win.
Medvedev ended up winning 6-4 6-1 4-6 7-6 (3). "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 high on confidence as last week he beat Sam Querrey in the Mallorca final to lift his first grass title. "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."