Daniil Medvedev says he will need his ‘best tennis’ to win second career title on grass
Daniil Medvedev will get the chance to win just his second career title on grass after he eased into the ‘s-Hertogenbosch final.
Medvedev, who will reclaim the world number one spot on Monday, ended Adrian Mannarino’s eight-match winning streak in Den Bosch with a 7-5, 7-5 win.
His grass tournament he won was at Mallorca in 2021, which to date is the only non-hardcourt title he has.
All that stands between him and the title is Dutch wildcard and world number 205 Tim Van Rijthoven, but Medvedev knows he will have to be at his best to beat him.
“Adrian plays good and some games in this match I was like, OK, I can’t do anything,” Medvedev on-court after the match.
“I had to just continue playing my tennis. He was unbelievable sometimes, missing sometimes, so I just continued my game and it managed to work today.
“Last time I saw him (Van Rijthoven) was in juniors. Probably we saw each other last when we 18 years old and he was always playing good on grass, so I’m not surprised.
“It’s a surface where sometimes we have these sensations. He’s a great player so I’m ready for a big fight tomorrow.
“It would be great [to win] but it is never easy. I have to show my best tennis. Even if I lose, I have no regrets, but of course I will try my best.
“Every time you are in a final you want to win.”
Daniil Medvedev will not be able to follow up his fine grass court form at Wimbledon, who have banned all Russian and Belarusian players from playing due to the crisis in Ukraine.
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