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World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev defeated Australian amateur Rinky Hijikata 6-4, 6-3 in his first match in six weeks on Wednesday at the ATP tournament in Los Cabos, Mexico.
It was the reigning US Open champion’s historic 250th match win.
After the game, Medvedev noted: “Someone told me this a few days ago. Otherwise I wouldn’t know. It’s good, kind of a turning point.
“I would like to have more wins, but 250 is great. We will work to get more.
Medvedev is competing in his first competition since June 23, when he was eliminated in the quarterfinals in Mallorca.
Due to the fact that Russian and Belarusian athletes were banned from Wimbledon after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, he was unable to attend. Medvedev won the first set from the first break of the competition.
In the first game of the second set, he avoided the first block he faced and eventually got the break he needed to beat Hijikata 4-2.
The 90-minute match was won by Medvedev after the 21-year-old Australian, ranked 224 in the world, fought back and managed several break points.
After the break, playing again is not so easy, especially considering that this was Medvedev’s first game on clay courts after Miami.
“There were no negative feelings. Maybe I made it a little bit further easily, but everything works out when you win.”