Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev ended his winless streak on clay as he scored a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain in two hours and 13 minutes at the Madrid Masters.
Medvedev, who is yet to win a match at Roland Garros, had lost his last six matches on the red dirt.
“I am happy with the win,” said Medvedev.
“The first set wasn’t easy and I thought it was going to be where I had another 25 break points and I wouldn’t win. I finally played quite well and did well in the third set. I think Madrid is a little faster than other clay tournaments, so better for my game.”
Medvedev, who was playing his first match since losing to Roberto Bautista Agut on 31 March at the Miami Open, improved to an 18-3 match record in 2021.
He will next face Chilean No. 16 seed Cristian Garin, who was a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Dominik Koepfer of Germany.
Following an exchange of breaks midway through the first set, Davidovich Fokina clinched the 53-minute opener when Medvedev struck a backhand long.
Medvedev broke to lead 3-1 in the second set, before Davidovich Fokina worked his way back and led 3-3, 40/15. From there, it was all Medvedev, who reduced his error count.
The 25-year-old finished their first ATP clash with an ace, his 19th winner, and is now 5-0 in deciding set match this season.