The Russian Daniil Medvedev, second seed of the Masters 1.000 in Madrid, went from less to more in his debut at the Caja Mágica and defeated by 4-6, 6-4 and 6-2 the Spanish Alejandro Davidovich, who in the end ran out of resources.
Just twenty-one hours after winning an eternal match with three tie-breaker against Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Davidovich returned to the Caja Mágica, this time to Manolo Santana center court, to face world number three.
Despite having expressed his “hatred” for everything that surrounds the first gravel tournaments of the season upon arriving in Madrid, in his debut this year on that surface Medvedev took a sleeve to adapt, but then he showed all his potential also on clay.
They played the opening game on equal terms, in which both defended their services without haste.
It was in the fifth when Davidovich made several errors that cost him the first transfer of service (3-2), after which he requested health care to alleviate the discomfort caused by injuries to the fingers of his right hand.
After the break, he recovered his serve and, although both players were irregular, Davidovich defended himself well from the attacks that the Russian launched on his backhand and managed to close the set.
Medvedev served better in the second sleeve and forced the Malaga player to make risky decisions in the network that did not always end well.
The winner of the last ATP finals was very solid in the third set, while Davidovich exhausted his options after having left great tennis moments in his wake, confirmation of an excellent season in which he made the semifinals last week in Estoril and before the quarterfinals in Monte Carlo.
Medvedev lost in the quarterfinals of the Miami Masters 1.000 to Spanish Roberto Bautista in his last appearance on the circuit.
His next rival will be the Chilean Cristian Garín, who today beat the German Dominik Koepfer.