World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev claimed he enjoys playing on grass after winning the inaugural Mallorca Champinships. Medvedev, who has 10 titles on hard, beat Sam Querrey 6-4 6-2 in the Mallorca final to lift his maiden grass-court title.
“I’ve always liked playing on grass. Four years ago, I would say that it was my favourite surface. But after my results on hard courts I couldn’t say anything else other than hard courts, and I still like playing on hard courts more,” Medvedev said.
“It was important for me to get these things like titles going, because we don’t have a lot of tournaments [on this surface]. I’m happy to get this title, but I’m looking forward to the biggest challenge on grass, which is Wimbledon”.
Medvedev routinely handled Querrey
Medvedev saved three consecutive game points in the seventh game, before realizing his second match point to take a 4-3 lead. After claiming the break, Medvedev held on to his serve in the following two service games to win the opener.
Medvedev then earned two breaks in the second set and dropped no service games to book a straight-set win. “I felt like from the baseline, I was in control. I won almost all the points that were there from the baseline, so I felt like the most important thing was to return strong,” Medvedev said.
“[He also] made some double faults on important moments, but that’s also because I put a lot of pressure on him, so he was feeling that he needs to go for maybe more than he’s used to. “Tennis is many times a game of nerves more than [anything].
It’s a final, and I’m really happy with my performance. It was the best match of the tournament for me for sure”. Medvedev now heads to Wimbledon in great spirits and full of confidence. Medvedev has been handed a tricky opener at The All England Club as he is set to face Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round.
Previously this grass season in Halle, Struff beat Medvedev. “[This win] feels great because I came here trying to win some matches and I managed to do it. It’s always a good feeling and it gives you a lot of confidence,” he said.
“Talking about Wimbledon or not, a title is a title. I’m very happy with my level, and I played my best match of the tournament today. Everything is only positive”.