Daniil Medvedev does not feel at home at Roland Garros. Expected at the turn this year, after his semi-final in New York, the Russian still planted in the first round of the Parisian Grand Slam, Monday evening, against an excellent Marton Fucsovics. Winner in four sets (6-4, 7-6, 2-6, 6-1), the Hungarian made a logical winner of this duel which ended a little before midnight, lights on the court oblige. Medvedev is the second member of the top 10 to disappear among the men after Gaël Monfils. The two men have in common to have experienced this on the Lenglen, a real tomb.
Medvedev at Roland Garros is now four appearances, for four defeats in the first round. Still beaten by a Frenchman at Porte d’Auteuil, the n ° 4 seed this time made an exception with Fucsovics. The Hungarian beat his first career top 10 at the age of 28. Arriving at a very high level late, the native of Nyíregyháza, 8th finalist in Melbourne at the start of the season, is a good example for young people: everything happens sooner or later in a career. In the next round he will face a regular, Spaniard Albert Ramos Viñolas. The former quarter-finalist will be a real trap.
Fucsovics was in “wall” mode
Medvedev’s game was not good. Always behind in this meeting, the Russian showed his worst face from start to finish, and only his selflessness allowed him to delay the deadline. Deprived of an effective first ball, and in automatic watering mode, the 2019 US Open finalist never managed to win the tactical battle against Fucsovics, a true “Stakhanovist” of the game from the baseline.
Very strong in defense, and able to accelerate the game, the 63rd in the world turned into a wall, which blew up Medvedev in the fourth set (17 fouls, for 51 in total). His two other weapons of the evening were his ability to slice a lot to get in the way of the Russian, and an excellent score in return. Beaten on his entry into the running in Hamburg, beaten in the first round at Roland Garros: Medevdev will quickly forget the small clay season 2020.