Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev didn't expect to have an easy job in his Wimbledon and that turned out to be true. Medvedev, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 2 in the world, overcame Jan-Lennard Struff in four sets 6-4 6-1 4-6 7-6 (3) to reach the Wimbledon second round.
Medvedev kicked off his grass season in Halle but his campaign at the tournament was short-lived since he was beaten in his opener by Struff. A few weeks later, Medvedev beat Struff at Wimbledon and got his revenge. “When I saw the draw the week before in Mallorca, I was like, 'Okay that’s not going to be an easy match,'” Medvedev said in an on-court interview.
“But that’s what tennis is about, rematches and revenges”.
Medvedev prevented Struff from making a comeback
Medvedev broke Struff in the opening game of the match and then held on to his serve the rest of the set to win the opener.
After winning the first set, Medvedev broke Struff three times to take a comfortable two-set lead. Struff broke Medvedev in the seventh game of the third set and then held on to his serve to force a fourth set. As no breaks were seen in the fourth set -- the set went into a tie-break -- in which Medvedev realized his first match point.
Meanwhile, No. 10 seed Denis Shapovalov beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4 4-6 6-3 5-7 6-4. “It’s a great feeling to win this match especially against a great player like Philipp, who I watched a lot growing up,” said Shapovalov.
“I am a huge fan of his game. It’s great to see him back in good form. “It’s a huge weight off my back, going in the first round of a major and not knowing how the courts will play, especially as you can’t practise too much on it.
I am really happy that I was able to pull through and come up with big points when I needed them. Philipp is a really, really tough competitor so it’s a good win for me." Also, Dan Evans beat Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (4) 6-2 7-5.
“It was a good way to come through, it was pretty efficient. I feel I played solid tennis and was more controlled than previous matches over the grass,” Evans said. "I had to be ready from the get-go and really focused and be sharp.
I felt I was. “It was difficult. It's always going to be a difficult match against Feli. I thought there'd probably be a tie-break or two in there. I was ready to be good in those moments. I did a good job and I'm happy to come through”.