Russian world number 1 Daniil Medvedev beat Australian Rinky Hijikata (6-4, 6-3) on Wednesday at the Los Cabos tournament.
The Russian world No.1 Daniil Medvedev, for his return to competition after a month and a half of absence, beat the Australian Rinky Hijikata, from the qualifications, 6-4, 6-3 in 1 h 30 min, Wednesday evening at the hard court tournament in Los Cabos.
“Someone told me it was going to happen, otherwise I wouldn’t have known. I want more wins, but it’s good to have 250.declared the world No.1, who pocketed the 250th success of his career in singles on the circuit.
Medvedev, deprived of Wimbledon after the organizers decided to ban Russians and Belarusians as punishment after the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army, had not played since the quarter-final of the tournament on grass in Mallorca , lost to Roberto Bautista Agut on June 23.
Faced with a young 21-year-old player ranked 224th in the world, who came out of qualifying, he did not force his talent, managing to take his opponent’s serve once per set, saving all the same in passing from the 1st game of the second set the only break point that his opponent has obtained.
“The feelings weren’t bad. I could have made better breaks, but when you win, everything is fine.”said Medvedev, who hadn’t played a hard-court game since the Miami tournament in early April.
The Russian will meet the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis (98th in the world) in the next round.