Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev is enjoying playing on the clay of Roland Garros as he is hoping to make deep run at the French Open.
Medvedev, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 2 in the world, saw off American Reilly Opelka 6-4 6-2 6-4 in the French Open third round.
Medvedev, who arrived to the French Open without a win in his four past tournament appearances, has already won three matches at the event this year.
“Clay at Roland Garros feels great this year,” said Medvedev, per the ATP website. “As I said after the first round [versus Alexander Bublik], now I know that to beat me, the guys have to play well. I am definitely happy with my game and my return today, because I actually hit more aces than him. That’s a great achievement.”
Medvedev routinely handled Opelka
Opelka claimed the first break of the match in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead but Medvedev responded with back-to-back breaks as he won four consecutive to overturn the deficit and take a 5-3 lead.
Opelka served out the ninth game to end Medvedev’s run but the Russian served out for the opener in the following game.
Medvedev then started the second set with back-to-back breaks and a 4-0 lead, before serving out for the set in the eighth game.
Medvedev then claimed an early third-set break and held on to his serve the rest of the way to clinch a straight-set win.
“It’s definitely never an easy draw to play Reilly,” said Medvedev. “Of course, indoor hard courts would be tougher than outdoor clay courts. He made his first semi-final in [an] ATP Masters 1000 on clay. I think a little bit [the] rainy conditions, wet, heavy court – which I totally hate on clay – helped me today. In these conditions, even guessing one side, I could still get back to another side if I saw the serve coming the other way.”