Medvedev Makes Winning Start In Halle

Daniil Medvedev (photo: Terra Wortmann Open/Mathias Schulz)


Top seed Daniil Medvedev began his title bid at the Terra Wortmann Open on Wednesday with a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 first-round win over David Goffin of Belgium.

The 26-year-old Russian, who reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the ATP Rankings two days ago, saved both break points he faced and converted three of his own five break-point chances to advance in one hour and four minutes.

“It was a great match,” said Medvedev. “David is a tricky player. I think that’s why I went to play last week. It’s always an advantage when you played some matches and your opponent didn’t.

“[The] first set was really tight, like always on a grass court. I feel like he was missing his rhythm a little bit, I was trying to serve fast, it was not easy for him. I managed to keep this momentum until the end and that was enough today.”

A second-round meeting with Belarusian Ilya Ivashka now awaits Medvedev in Westphalia, Germany, where the Moscow native is chasing his 14th career title and first of the 2022 season.