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Medvedev conquers Mallorca grass

World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev will arrive at The Championships this weekend having boosted his confidence with an excellent break in the Balearic Isles ending with the Russian collecting his 11th title and first at a grass court tournament, namely the inaugural Mallorca Championships.

It was important for me to get these things like titles going, because we don’t have a lot of tournaments [on this surface]. I’m happy to get this title, but I’m looking forward to the biggest challenge on grass, which is Wimbledon,. Daniil Medvedev

Top seed Medvedev took down big-serving American Sam Querrey 6-4 6-2 to claim his second title of the year following his success in Marseille earlier in the season.

Medvedev’s confidence was at a low ebb following his first round straight sets exit on the grass courts at Halle, but he has picked himself up in the Mallorcan sunshine to collect the title dropping just one a set all week.

Ironically Jan-Lennard Struff, the player who ousted him in Halle, has been drawn to face Medvedev in their opening round at The Championships which should be scheduled for Tuesday!

“I’ve always liked playing on grass,” Medvedev admitted. “Four years ago, I would say that it was my favourite surface. But after my results on hard courts, I couldn’t say anything else other than hard courts, and I still like playing on hard courts more.”

Collecting his first grass court title though, is a major milestone in his career.

“It was important for me to get these things like titles going, because we don’t have a lot of tournaments [on this surface]. I’m happy to get this title, but I’m looking forward to the biggest challenge on grass, which is Wimbledon,” he added.

The Russian, who typically returns serve from deep behind the baseline, used his return stance to his advantage as he worked to neutralise the big Querrey serve. The American fired 65 aces en route to the final, an average of 21 aces per match. But he was unable to find the same firepower against Medvedev, who restricted him to just 11.

Medvedev earned his first break chance at 3-3 in the opening set after a double fault from Querrey, one of five he struck in the match. He set up another break point after hitting a stunning lob over the 6’6” American before taking the lead.

Medvedev didn’t face a break point in the match and kept Querrey under pressure throughout. The top seed broke serve twice in the second set and sealed the victory after 62-minutes with his 10th ace of the match.

Reflecting on his performance, Medvedev added on the ATP website: “I felt like from the baseline, I was in control. I won almost all the points that were there from the baseline, so I felt like the most important thing was to return strong.

“[He also] made some double faults on important moments, but that’s also because I put a lot of pressure on him, so he was feeling that he needs to go for maybe more than he’s used to.

“Tennis is many times a game of nerves more than [anything]. It’s a final, and I’m really happy with my performance. It was the best match of the tournament for me for sure.”

And as far as the week was concerned, he was happy.

“This win feels great because I came here trying to win some matches, and I managed to do it. It’s always a good feeling and it gives you a lot of confidence.

“Talking about Wimbledon or not, a title is a title. I’m very happy with my level, and I played my best match of the tournament today. Everything is only positive.”



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