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Medvedev fell on the court, but won after two misses in a row! Daniel – in the second circle of Halle

Date: March 1, 2024 Time: 07:47:09

Medvedev fell on the court, but won after two misses in a row! Daniel – in the second circle of Halle

Alexander Nasonov June 19, 2023, 20:56 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

The 2021 US Open champion started with a victory at the tournament, where he reached the final a year ago.

On Monday, June 19, the ATP-500 grass tournament began in Halle (Germany), in which the tennis players continue to prepare for Wimbledon. Four Russians entered the main draw: Daniil Medvedev (1), Andrey Rublev (3), Roman Safiullin (Q) and Aslan Karatsev (LL). Rublev, Safiullin and Karatsev will play their first round matches on Tuesday June 20, but Medvedev had to start today.

Medvedev approached the tournament with a string of two losses. Yes, yes, for a tennis player of Daniel’s level, two failures in a row is already a series. In addition, the rivals of the Russian were not, to put it mildly, the strongest. Medvedev lost his first match during the clay-court season, after winning the Rome Masters. In the first round of Roland Garros, the 2021 US Open champion lost sensationally to Brazilian Thiago Wild, who is not even in the ATP top 100. And in the second round of ‘s-Hertogenbosch – this is already grass – Daniil, no less unexpectedly, lost to Adrian Mannarino, who managed to increase the advantage in a personal confrontation with the Russian – 4-2.

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Medvedev’s opponents in the first round in Halle went to American qualifier Marcos Giron, racket number 57 in the world. Girón, 29, has been on the professional tour since 2014, but has yet to win a single title. He only reached the final once, losing to Brandon Nakashima in San Diego in September 2022. As for the personal confrontation with Medvedev, here the advantage was on the Russian side – 2-0. Daniil defeated his opponent in the first round of the Australian Open-2023 (6: 0, 6: 1, 6: 2). And in 2020 he took over the Masters, which moved from Cincinnati to New York (6: 4, 6: 4).

Despite this, the 1995 Davis Cup finalist suggested it would not be easy for Medvedev. As proof, he cited an example from his own career. “I think it won’t be easy for Daniil to get through the first round, since his rival has already known how to feel the courts and the balls. All of that is very important. Once I qualified, I went to the Italian, who was much higher than me in the ranking, and he only picked up balls during the whole match, I gave him only one game. Medvedev hasn’t made it past the first round in recent tournaments. Perhaps he now has less confidence, but, in theory, he is much stronger, he knows how to play well on the grass. However, the opponent can bring surprises, ”TASS quotes Chesnokov.

Furthermore, Medvedev probably understood that after the failure in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, he needed to go as far as possible along the grid in Halle. Especially when you consider that a year ago, Daniil reached the final here, where he lost to Hubert Hurkach: points must be defended!

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At the start of the first set, Girón had the upper hand, regularly collecting aces. The first two games on his field (1st and 3rd) the American took to zero, and in the second game, when Medvedev served, he got a break point, but missed it. And in the fifth game, with the score 2:2, the Russian went to a double break point and realized at the second attempt – 3:2. This, coupled with the fact that in the sixth game Daniil saved a break point, preventing the opponent from making a reverse break, became the key to his victory in the set. Presenting the game with a score of 5:4, Medvedev used the first set point – 6:4. At the same time, Girón, interestingly, finished the game with a huge advantage in winners: 16 against seven.

Going back, in the sixth game of the first set there was an unpleasant moment. In the first draw, Medvedev ran towards the shorthand, managed to respond, but slipped and ended up on the grass, while the racket slipped from his hands. Fortunately, Daniel escaped injury.

Medvedev fell on the court, but won

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In the second set, the first break point had to wait until the sixth game: Medvedev did not allow the opponent to break – 3:3. And in the seventh game, the Russian reached the break point and immediately used it – 4:3. Following Daniil he took his game, then another’s, and the last one went to zero (the match ended with a double fault from Giron)! As a result – 6:4, 6:3 in 1 hour and 11 minutes in favor of Medvedev. The Russian, by the way, outplayed his opponent in aces – nine against seven.

This is how Medvedev got his first victory after two consecutive defeats. In the second round, the Russian tennis player will play with the representative of Serbia Laszlo Djere, who in his first round match defeated the German Oscar Otte (WC) – 7:6, 6:3. Follow all tournament events in Halle in the “Championship”.

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