Daniil Medvedev comments on dismantling David Goffin in Halle opener

No. 1 seed Daniil Medvedev was glad with the performance he delivered versus David Goffin as he noted that the Belgian is always a very tricky opponent. 

On Wednesday, Medvedev saw off Goffin 6-3 6-2 to progress into the Halle round-of-16. 

Medvedev made a good start to the match, claiming the first break in the fourth game to open a 3-1 lead. 

In the ninth game, Medvedev saved a break point, before realizing his second set point to win the first set. 

After winning the first set, Medvedev started the second set with a 4-0 lead, before serving out for the match in the eighth game. 

Medvedev: I played well, Goffin was a tricky opoonent  

“It was a great match,” Medvedev said after the win, per the ATP website. “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.”

Medvedev, who underwent a sports hernia surgery after Miami, played just two clay tournaments during the clay season. 

Medvedev kicked off his grass season last week, where he ended runner-up. 

“The clay seems like a long season for me, especially I struggle mentally a lot on it, so I always feel like I am a little bit worn out after Roland Garros,” Medvedev said. “[This year] I just played two tournaments [on clay], and still Roland Garros, even though I played good there, it is tough for me to play on clay. So it’s not that easy, but definitely I am more fresh than [earlier] years.”

Medvedev plays Ilya Ivashka in the Halle round-of-16.