Daniil Medvedev won the first French Open match of his career on Monday, ending a run of Paris heartbreak stretching back to his 2017 debut.
The Russia who was controversially seeded second behind 13-time champion Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, ended his embarrassment 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 over Alexander Bublik.
Medvedev has always derided the dirt as not for him – but that perception might be changing after victory in just under two hours.
“The balls suit my game, I can really hit them and everything goes inside the court,” the delighted winner said.”I’m running and moving well. I hope to go as far as possible and to keep playing this level of tennis.”
Medvedev struck 28 winners and broke his Kazakh opponent seven times to win his 19th match thi season.
“I’ve never won at Roland Garros, so I was really determined to win. Even when I was down in the third set. I think I played a very solid match.”
With his sudden clay confidence, Medvedev is suddenly discovering a new comfort zone.
“I was playing not so well in my previous clay tournaments but as soon as I arrived her I felt extremely comfortable.”