PARIS: World number two Daniel Medvedev showed no signs of discomfort from his recent hernia operation, kicking off his French Open campaign with a 6-2 6-2 6-2 win over Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis on Tuesday.
The 2021 US Open champion, who briefly held the world number one position at the start of the season, played his first clay event in 2022 after a two-month break in Geneva last week but lost to Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the first round.
The clay courts were not Medvedev’s strong suit and he was 0-4 to Roland Garros before last year’s tournament but returned to his disappointing record by reaching the quarter-finals of the 2021 edition of the Grand Slam.
“I love Roland Garros, especially since last year,” Medvedev said with a smile during his court interview. “Before that I didn’t know if I really liked it because I was out on Sunday when the tournament actually started on Monday.
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“But now it’s Tuesday and I’m still here. I got better after my surgery, I didn’t think I could play on the ground. But with the help of doctors and physios, I was able to get back on my feet to play a match on the ground last week and I am 100% ready to play Roland Garros. “
Medvedev took control of his first match against left-arm Argentina, currently ranked 103rd in the world, after a cold and windy trading service break at the start of the competition on the morning of Court Suzanne Langlen.
Bagnis, 32, who retired with an injury during his first round in Geneva, had heavy tape on his right leg and fell while serving during the second set.
But he continued the game despite a break in the points to the applause of the crowd.
The pair took a survey break again at the start of the third set but Medvedev, who made 35 wins, maintained his composure by controlling his uncontrollable errors and sealing the competition by breaking the opponent twice more.
Medvedev will next meet the winner of the match between Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis and Serbia’s Laslo Dizar to advance to the third round.
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