Daniel Medvedev has his comeback match on the ATP tour against Richard Gasquet lost. In the second round of the ATP 250 event in Geneva, the second in the world rankings lost 2: 6 and 6: 7 (5).
by Michael Rothschädl
last edited: 05/17/2022, 08:09 p.m
The sign before the French Open could of course be better for Daniil Medvedev. The second in the world rankings has been sidelined since the ATP Masters 1000 event in Miami due to injury – and has now returned to the ATP tour in Geneva with a defeat. On Tuesday, the Russian lost to Richard Gasquet in the second round of the ATP 250 event 2: 6 and 5: 7 (5).
The US Open champion from the previous year will travel to the second major tournament of the year without a sense of achievement. At the tournament where Medvedev reached the quarterfinals last year. A probably satisfactory result back then for the 26-year-old, who makes no secret of the fact that he really doesn’t feel very comfortable on sand.
Gasquet strong in the tiebreak
At the ATP 250 event in Geneva, Medvedev started the race with top seed and enjoyed a bye on lap one. However, Medvedev was in a losing position against the old master Richard Gasquet, especially in the first set, which clearly went to the veteran 6-2. In the second set, the Russian had the chance to equalize the set, especially when the score was 5:4, but missed a few half-chances.
In the tie-break, which had to bring the decision a little later in round two, Medvedev just ran behind for long stretches. Although the 26-year-old was able to equalize an early mini-break, another one finally tipped the scales in favor of Richard Gasquet, who had given John Millman no chance in lap one. The Frenchman is now waiting for the winner of the duel between Kamil Majchrzak and Thiem conqueror Marco Cecchinato.
Joao Sousa (two-set victory over Pablo Andujar), Thanasi Kokkinakis (surprise win against Fabio Fognini) and Johan Nikles (victory over compatriot Leandro Riedi) were able to win their matches in the afternoon.
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