Shock early losses for top seeds at Wimbledon certainly feel less common in the men’s side these days but it seems entirely realistic that Daniil Medvedev could depart the tournament very early. Yet to make the fourth round in three attempts here, he begins with a tricky clash against Jan-Lennard Struff. The German won their most recent match up – a fairly straight forward 7-6 6-3 win in Halle earlier this month.
Struff’s serve and volley style is one that would have worked wonders on the Wimbledon courts of old and to some extent still does on grass elsewhere. The win over Medevdev was one that could not be followed up though, as he lost to Marcos Giron in the next round. A similarly disappointing loss to Adrian Mannarino in Mallorca also followed.
It was in Mallorca that Medvedev bounced back from that loss with a strong week that ended with a title. A 6-4 6-2 win in the final against Sam Querrey should give him the confidence that he won’t be overwhelmed by the bigger servers once more in this draw. He didn’t face a single break point in the win while converting handily on 3 of 4 break points in a strong returning performance.
It is hard to pick out the bigger weaknesses in his game and should he keep rallies long in the match, he will eventually wear Struff out. “Of course, it suits my game very well. For my strokes, for my serve, even for my return, the grass suits me very well. What is not easy with the grass is you have to adapt a lot to it. That’s what I managed to do. Hopefully that’s what can help me.” he said. It seems fair to say that he has now adapted to it after an impressive week and backed by his No.2 seeding, will hope to make a Wimbledon run that matches his impressive ones elsewhere.
Prediction – Daniil Medvedev in four sets