David Goffin (ATP 39) was unable to stunt on Wednesday at the ATP grass tournament in Halle, Germany (2,134,520 euros). He lost in the first round in straight sets to the Russian Daniil Medvedev, the first seed and number one in the world. After an hour and six minutes, the 6-3, 6-2 final score was on the board.
For Goffin, Halle was his first competition since his third round defeat at Roland Garros against Pole Hubert Hurkacz. A thigh injury then played tricks on him on the clay in Paris. Goffin then applied for the grass tournament in Rosmalen, the Netherlands. Medvedev reached the final there but surprisingly lost to home player and wildcard Tim van Rijthoven last Sunday.
Goffin, 31, and Medvedev, 26, faced each other for the fourth time on Wednesday. The native had won their only previous encounter on grass, in 2019 at Wimbledon (a five-setter in the third round). Medvedev was too strong for Goffin that same year at the Australian Open and the Cincinnati tournament, both on hard courts.
In the second round (eighth finals), Medvedev will face Belarusian Ilya Ivashka (ATP 42). He eliminated the German wildcard Jan-Lennard Struff (ATP 149) in three sets.
Goffin was the only Belgian in singles in Halle. In doubles, Sander Gillé and Joran Vliegen did not make it through the qualifications.