Berliner TageBlatt - Tennis world No.2 Medvedev loses on post-operation return

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Tennis world No.2 Medvedev loses on post-operation return
Tennis world No.2 Medvedev loses on post-operation return / Foto: © AFP

Tennis world No.2 Medvedev loses on post-operation return

World number two Daniil Medvedev lost at the Geneva Open on Tuesday in his first match after a hernia operation, leaving him short of practice ahead of next week's French Open.

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The US Open champion, back on the tour after surgery, was beaten 6-2, 7-6 (7/5) by French veteran Richard Gasquet in the round of 16.

Medvedev underwent surgery last month after losing in the quarter-finals in Miami, missing the early clay-court season.

Geneva is a warm-up event ahead of Roland-Garros but Medvedev will have to go into the second Grand Slam of the year short of match time on clay.

It was the first time 35-year-old Gasquet had defeated a top two player since beating Roger Federer in 2005 -- his only other victory over a top-two opponent in 38 attempts.

World number 75 Gasquet faces either Italian qualifier Marco Cecchinato or Poland's Kamil Majchrzak in the quarter-finals.

Last year's Geneva winner Casper Ruud, runner-up Denis Shapovalov and Reilly Opelka are the other top 20 players still in the Geneva draw.

The 2020 US Open winner Dominic Thiem lost to Cecchinato in the first round.

C.Meier--BTB