The 26-year-old Medvedev’s ability to serve big at crucial moments defined his race in the final of the Liebma Open in ‘As-Hertogenbosch’ last week, and his delivery was once again accurate as he defended a break point. On 30/40 before moving on to convert his second set point.
Russia’s all-rounder performance in the second set made it difficult for world number 39 Goffin to keep up with his opponent. Medvedev took a 4–0 lead, and although he again needed a big serve to stop the break point and hold on to 5–1, the top seed took out 17 winners, including six aces, to serve for the win. I was comfortable.
Medvedev said after his win, “It was a great match. David is a difficult player. I think that’s why I went to play last week. It’s always an advantage when you played a few matches and your opponent didn’t.” “
“The first set was really tight, as usual on a grass court. I think he was missing his rhythm a bit, I was trying to serve fast, it wasn’t easy for him. I ended up managed to maintain the momentum till now. And that was enough today.”
A second-round meeting with Ilya Ivashka now awaits Medvedev in northwest Germany, where the 26-year-old is chasing his first title of the 2022 season.
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