World No.2 Daniil Medvedev showed his worth in the first round of Wimbledon 2021 as he got the better of in form Jan-Lennard Struff in four sets 6-4,6-1,4-6,7-6(3). Medvedev lost to Struff a couple of weeks back at Halle in the opening round and hence took revenge on Court No.1.
As soon as the match was drawn, it was destined to be a tricky one for Medvedev. But the Russian meant business right from the beginning. He was very motivated and moved well on the baseline. His initial service games were a bit tricky but he managed to break Struff’s serve early on. The German however fought back and didn’t give Medvedev any free points. But the second seed held on to the break and won the opening set 6-4.
The second set was a cakewalk for Medvedev. He was dominating the serve and the rallies. He soon ran away with a double break and won the second set comfortably 6-1. But he then seemed to have a lapse in concentration early on in the third set. He missed his first serve at key moments which cost him as Struff got the decisive break and bounced back to win the third set 6-4.
The fourth set was the closest of all. None of the players were giving each other many free points and were very tight on serve. Although both had breakpoints, but neither of them got the decisive break and hence the set went into the tiebreaker. The initial phase of the tiebreaker was as tight as the set but Medvedev managed to get a mini break and consolidated it to win the tiebreaker.
Medvedev will now face either Carlos Alcaraz or Yasutaka Uchiyama in the second round.
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