No. 1 seed Daniil Medvedev was in great spirits after beating Jannik Sinner and now he hopes to make it all the way in Marseille.
Medvedev, who will climb up to No. 2 in the world on Monday, defeated Sinner 6-2 6-4 to make the Marseille semifinal.
“[It is my] first time here in the semi-finals in Marseille, even if it is my fourth time playing here and third time in the main draw,” Medvedev said in an on-court interview, per the ATP website. “I am really happy about it. Hopefully, I can go further.”
The two players were tied at 2-2 in the opening set before Medvedev claimed back-to-back breaks to win the opener.
In the second set, Medvedev broke Sinner in the fifth game and then held on to his serve for the rest of the set to wrap up a straight-set win.
“Jannik always tries to hit the ball as hard as he can,” said Medvedev. “You cannot give him easy balls, otherwise you are going to run all over the place and he is probably going to hit a winner. I needed to take time from him. I need to be aggressive and it worked out very well today.”
Medvedev wants a new winning streak
Medvedev was on a 20-game winning streak before losing to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final and Dusan Lajovic in the Rotterdam first round, respectively.
“It’s time to build a new streak, a new dynamic. That’s why tennis is sometimes good and sometimes bad. When you lose first round, you have next week to try to win the tournament. But when you win a lot of matches in a row, you can lose a few first rounds and then you are feeling like you’re playing very bad,” Medvedev said in Marseille.
“You always have to remember good moments. I know that I can play good indoors, for sure. It was a really good match today, so looking forward to tomorrow.”