Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev has said that he is feeling great at the moment and he feels that he could make a deep run at the French Open. Medvedev, ranked at No. 2 in the world, made a convincing start to his French Open campaign as he handed a 6-3 6-3 7-5 loss to Alexander Bublik in the first round.
Medvedev, seeded at No. 2 in the French Open main draw, has never made a deep run at Roland Garros. Medvedev arrived to Roland Garros with a record 0-4 but that changed on Monday. “I feel really hopeful,” said Medvedev, per the ATP website.
You could see it today in the match, I'm feeling that here, at least this year with this weather, with these balls, I can play like on hard courts. It doesn't feel different than the Australian Open for me coming into this tournament.
“Now, when I'm coming to these big tournaments feeling like this, I know I'm capable of doing big things. [At the] Australian Open I was in the final. If I lose here in Roland Garros, it's probably going to be because my opponent will play really good.
As I said, I feel very confident, I move well, slide well… So I'm feeling great”.
Medvedev routinely handled Bublik
Bublik started the match with a break but Medvedev responded with three breaks and ended up winning the opener.
Bublik got one break back in the second set but couldn't get back the second as Medvedev served out for the second set in the ninth game. Medvedev was also down by a break in the third set but claimed back-to-back breaks to recover from a 5-3 deficit and book a straight-set win.
“[It] feels great,” said Medvedev. “But most important is the level of tennis. I've been showing, as I said before the tournament, it was not mind games. My opponent can see I was really feeling good. I managed to play consistent today.
I actually played much better in practice than today, so there is room for improvement. “That was one of not many matches where I was really tight. Hopefully, it can be only better for the next rounds. As I say, [I’m] really happy first of all with the win and then with my level of play also”. It remains to be seen if Medvedev can capture his maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open.