Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev suffers another early tournament exit on clay

Daniil Medvedev is out in the second round of the Italian Open in Rome after losing to compatriot Aslan Karatsev.

Daniil Medvedev has lost in straight sets to Aslan Karatsev 6-2, 6-4 in under 80 minutes, meaning his career win-loss record in Rome is now 0-3.

The world No. 2, who has admitted his struggles and dislike of clay as a court surface, earlier set a goal to win at least one match at each of Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros this year, a feat he has now fallen short of.

His opponent Aslan Karatsev dominated behind his first serve, winning 90% of points to 61% from Medvedev behind his first serve.

Karatsev clinched 3 of 6 break point chances presented to him, while Medvedev was only given one chance at a break in the whole match and failed to convert.

Medvedev’s career min-loss record on clay shows a clear weakness in his game compared to results across all other surfaces. At ATP level, Medvedev has an 11-20 win-loss record on clay, the only surface where he holds a losing record.