Daniil Medvedev made a winning return to the tour as he defeated Australian wild card Rinky Hijikata 6-4, 6-3 in Los Cabos, Mexico on Wednesday.
Playing in his first match since June, Medvedev notched up his 250th match win as he returned to his favoured hard courts.
“Somebody told me this a few days ago at media day, otherwise I would not have known,” Medvedev said of the reaching the 250-wins landmark.
“That’s probably a milestone in a way. For sure I want more victories but that’s also nice to have 250. We’ll try to get more.
“It’s definitely not that easy to play after you stop for a while, especially [playing my] first match on hard courts in a long, long time, since Miami.
“Sensations were not bad. I could have just broke a little bit more, but when you win, everything is fine. I have to play like this in the next matches.”
Through to the quarter-finals, Medvedev next faces Ricardas Berankis, who defeated Facundo Bagnis 7-6(4), 6-3 on Wednesday.
Medvedev did not compete at Wimbledon as the Championships had barred players from Russia and Belarus over the Ukraine war.