Top-ranked Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev thought it was a “funny match” against Casper Ruud on the grass courts of Mallorca.
Medvedev, seeded at No. 1, saw off Ruud 7-5 6-1 to reach the Mallorca semifinal.
“I feel like it was a funny match. Maybe [it was] not the highest level, but I’m really happy to win and be in the semi-finals here. I’m looking forward to tomorrow,” Medvedev said in an on-court interview.
Medvedev claimed the first break of the match in the 11th game and then served out for the opener in the following game.
Medvedev lost his serve once in the second set but earned four break to book a straight-set win.
Medvedev kept it humble after the match
“I don’t think grass is his best surface, but in the first set he was playing top level and I couldn’t get any break points,” Medvedev said. “But as soon as he started serving a bit worse and making some errors, I tried to use it as fast as I could. It was important to win the first set and not in a tie-break, this gives me a boost of confidence.”
Prior to his Mallorca campaign, Medvedev insisted he likes grass.
“I like to play on grass, I just need to get some confidence in my game on the surface, because we didn’t play [on it] for two years. Two years ago, I was not the same player as I am right now,” Medvedev said, per the ATP website. “It is tough for me to say where I see myself, but I know I can play very good on this surface. I just need to find the right balance.
“In Halle, I had three days of practice, which was definitely not enough to feel good. I lost my first round against a great player, so it [was] not easy, [and] that is why I decided to come to Mallorca to try and get some more matches.”