Second-ranked Daniil Medvedev missed his return match on Tuesday after a six-week injury absence, beaten 6-2, 7-6 (5) by Richard Gasquet in the second round of the Geneva Open.
Medvedev, who underwent hernia surgery last month, warned Sunday that he often starts slow on clay courts. This was demonstrated in his first match on the surface this season, in the last tournament before the French Open.
Medvedev double-faulted for the seventh time on Gasquet’s first match point, as the Frenchman ended a 36-match losing streak against opponents ranked No.1 or No.2 after beating Roger Federer 17 years ago in Monte Carlo.
“It’s tough. I don’t play my best tennis on clay courts,” Medvedev said. “I need to be in the zone, which I wasn’t today.”
Unlike Medvedev, Gasquet has won clay-court titles in his career and the 35-year-old Frenchman frustrated his top-seeded Russian opponent in a sure first set.
Medvedev committed three double faults when he was broken to open the second set and broke a racket on the court in the next game. He equalized 3-3 and secured the next game at love with an ace on the second serve.
In the tie break, Medvedev twice recovered from a mini-break before his serve failed again.
“I think more days of practice and (I) should be ready for Roland Garros because physically, even now, my body feels good,” he said.
Gasquet’s men will face Kamil Majchrzak in the quarterfinals after the Polish player beat qualifier Marco Cecchinato 6-2, 6-3. Cecchinato had beaten Dominic Thiem, the two-time French Open runner-up, on Monday.
In a first-round match, fifth-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili advanced when Facundo Bagnis retired after losing the first set.