Daniil Medvedev praises Casper Ruud ahead of Mallorca clash

World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev wasn’t especially thrilled with the way he started his Mallorca opener but he was happy that he was able to claim a straight-set win over rising French star Corentin Moutet. 

Medvedev, seeded at No. 1, handed a 6-4 6-2 loss to Moutet in his Mallorca opener. 

Moutet saved three consecutive game points in the second game, before realizing his first break point to take a 2-0 lead. 

Medvedev found himself down 4-1 but he kept his focus as he claimed back-to-back breaks and won five consecutive games to overturn the deficit and steal the opener. 

After losing the first set, Moutet’s game fell apart as Medvedev claimed two breaks and lost no service games in the second set to book a straight-set win. 

“In the beginning I couldn’t hit two balls in the court and I was missing lots of serves when I had 40/0. On grass, that’s not the best thing to do in my first [service] game of the match,” Medvedev said in an on-court interview. “But I’m really happy that I managed to win the match because that’s what gives [me] confidence and [hopefully] in the next rounds I can play better.”

Medvedev plays Casper Ruud next 

Ruud, seeded at No. 5, saw off Tennys Sandgren 6-3 6-4 to set up a Medvedev clash. 

Ruud claimed one break of serve in each set and dropped no service games to earn a routine straight-set win over Sandgren. 

Ahead of the matchup, Medvedev underlined that he won’t be taking Ruud for granted. 

“Casper is a great player, he jumped a lot this year [in the FedEx ATP Rankings],” Medvedev said. “Hopefully the grass can help me a little bit because it’s not his best surface. But I’m sure he is playing good here and I need to be at my best.”

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