Daniil Medvedev shows respect for Casper Ruud ahead of Mallorca clash



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Daniil Medvedev shows respect for Casper Ruud ahead of Mallorca clash

Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev was unhappy with his slow start to his Mallorca opener but he was glad the he managed to turn the things around. Medvedev, seeded at No. 1 in the Mallorca main draw, beat rising French star Corentin Moutet 6-4 6-2 to reach the Mallorca quarterfinal.

Medvedev had three consecutive game points in the second game of the match but still he ended up losing the game. Moutet was up 4-1 after the opening five games of the match but then everything changed as Medvedev earned back-to-back and won five consecutive games to overturn the deficit and win the opener.

Medvedev was also down 2-1 in the second set but then he won five consecutive games to win the set and book a straight-set win. “In the beginning I couldn’t hit two balls in the court and I was missing lots of serves when I had 40/0.

On grass, that’s not the best thing to do in my first [service] game of the match,” Medvedev said in an on-court interview. “But I’m really happy that I managed to win the match because that’s what gives [me] confidence and [hopefully] in the next rounds I can play better”.

Medvedev set to face Casper Ruud

Ruud, who had a big clay season, will battle Medvedev for a place in the Mallorca semifinal. “Casper is a great player, he jumped a lot this year [in the FedEx ATP Rankings],” Medvedev said.

“Hopefully the grass can help me a little bit because it’s not his best surface. But I’m sure he is playing good here and I need to be at my best”. Meanwhile, No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem ended his Mallorca campaign on a disappointing way.

Thiem was 5-2 up on Adrian Mannarino when he injured his wrist and retired the match. “It’s nice for me to be in the quarter-finals, but winning this way is not so cool. I really like Dominic, he’s such a nice guy and I hope he will be feeling better soon,” Mannarino said in an on-court interview.

“I hope it is not so serious, especially right before Wimbledon. "I’ve never beat him in the past and obviously he was leading in the scoreboard... I think I was playing okay until Dominic had to stop. I hope he is going to be okay and that I can make a good result here”.