World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev spoke positively of rising Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz following their Wimbledon clash. Medvedev, seeded at No. 2, overcame Alcaraz in straight sets 6-4 6-1 6-2 to reach the Wimbledon third round.
"The faster you go at a Grand Slam the better, but Carlos is an amazing player," Medvedev said in his on-court interview.. "I was actually even surprised in a way with the first set. Grass is definitely not his best surface, but he was giving it all there.
Of course [in the] second and third sets, maybe the gap was too high. But I'm sure he's going to be sooner or later in the Top 10 and maybe even higher."
Medvedev routinely handled Alcaraz
Medvedev got off to a fast start, having won the opening three games of the match.
Alcaraz broke back Medvedev in the ninth game but dropped his service game in the following game as the Russian won the opener. In the second set, Medvedev blew an early break but then broke Alcaraz two more times to take a comfortable two-set lead.
After winning the second set, Medvedev started the third set with back-to-back breaks and a 4-0 lead. Medvedev served out to love the eighth game to book a straight-set win. "I love grass," Medvedev said. "Wimbledon is always going to be special for me."
Medvedev has never made it past the third round at Wimbledon. "In Russia we say the third one is the lucky one, so hopefully that will work," Medvedev said, cracking a laugh. "But if not, I know that I might be playing Marin...
that could be a great matchup for the third round, so not an easy game. But I just need to show my best tennis and like this I'm going to have chances to win the game." Meanwhile, Italian Matteo Berrettini claimed a straight-set win over Botic van de Zandschulp.
“It gives me confidence because I know I can win these kind of matches, even though I'm not playing my best tennis,” Berrettini said. “I won in straight sets with a guy that was playing really good. It means I played a really good level.
At the same time, I know that I can play better. “I look at Wimbledon always with a special feeling. The first time I was here, I was just feeling like it's a temple. Being here, playing and feeling good, just everything is really nice”.