Daniil Medvedev not taking Jan-Lennard Struff lightly at Wimbledon



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Daniil Medvedev not taking Jan-Lennard Struff lightly at Wimbledon

World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev is feeling great ahead of his Wimbledon campaign. On Saturday, Medvedev beat Sam Querrey in the Mallorca final to lift his maiden 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”.

Medvedev not taking Jan-Lennard Struff lightly

Medvedev, who kicked off his grass season in Halle two weeks ago, suffered a shock loss to Struff in the Halle first round.

Now, Medvedev is set to again take on Struff in the Wimbledon first round. “It’s definitely a tough draw,” said Medvedev, who has a 26-7 match record in 2021. “Jan is a tough opponent, especially on grass.

He's a danger to top players. He can beat top players [and has] proven it many times. What is positive is that in Halle I was far from my best level and I still had chances to close out the first set. “If I show good tennis, it's not going to be easy for him.

If he shows good tennis and serves [well], it's not going to be easy for me. It can be a good match. Hopefully I can be the winner”. Medvedev claimed his first top-10 win at Wimbledon in 2017, when he beat Stan Wawrinka.

“It was super important because that was my biggest win of my career at the time… All these matches in every tournaments, including Wimbledon against Stan, made me tennis player I am right now." Medvedev claims he loves to play on grass.

“I like to feel being on grass. It's actually relaxing to be on the grass, especially when it's good weather, the sun is shining. Of course, it suits my game very well… What is not easy with the grass is you have to adapt a lot to it.

That's what I managed to do [in Mallorca]. Hopefully that's what can help me." World No. 1 Novak Djokovic enters Wimbledon as the top favorite to win it all. "I think Wimbledon, [the] Olympics and US Open can be fun to watch Novak play, because he's going to put everything on himself to try to make it. That's when he's strongest [and] at the same time that's a lot of pressure," Medvedev said.