Daniil Medvedev needed a convincing victory to send positive signals after the defeat in the final in Hertogenbosch against world number 205 Tim Van Rijthoven, and it was a convincing victory. The current world number one beat Belgian David Goffin 6-3 6-2, easily qualifying for the round of 16 of the Halle tournament.
In the next round the Russian will face Ilya Ivashka. For Medvedev it would be vital to get good results on grass in preparation for Wimbledon, given the many criticisms the Russian has received for his colorless 2022. The 26-year-old from Moscow finds himself in first place in the ranking despite the fact that he has not yet won a single tournament in the whole year, thanks to the points lost by Novak Djokovic for the ATP’s choice not to award points for Wimbledon.
After the good start and the incredible final of the Australian Open lost against Nadal, making him recover two sets of advantage, the Russian tennis player, also thanks to the surgery for the removal of a hernia that kept him stationary for a few months, failed to obtain the expected results after the great season last and therefore still on the hunt for his first title of the season.
At the end of the match with Goffin, Medvedev commented on his game and talked about his unhappy season on clay.
Medvedev’s words at the end of his meeting
Medvedev analyzed the match in this way: “It was a great match.
David is a difficult player. I think this is why I went to play last week. It’s always an advantage when you’ve played a few games and your opponent hasn’t. The first set was very close, as always on grass pitches.
It seems to me that he lacked rhythm a bit, I was trying to serve quickly and for him it was not easy. I was able to maintain this momentum until the end and that was enough today,” said the Russian. The number one in the world has returned to talk about the enormous difficulties of him on clay: “Clay seems like a long season for me, in particular I struggle a lot mentally, so I always feel a little tired after Roland Garros.
This year I have only played two tournaments on clay and in any case the Roland Garros, even if I played well, it is difficult for me to play on clay. So it’s not that easy, but I’m definitely fresher than in previous years.”