In his fifth attempt, Daniil Medvedev finally won a match at Roland Garros.
The runner-up, who lost in the first round in each of his four previous appearances on the Parisian Red Clay, claimed his first Grand Slam event victory, defeating Alexander Bublik 6-3, 6-3, 7-5.
Medvedev often fights on a slow surface – he has 12-20 records of glue – and much prefers hard courts. He holds a 148-59 record on hard and has won all 10 titles on the fast surface.
During his court interview, Medvedev told the crowd that he felt that the balls used in Paris really suited his game.
“Since I came here, I feel really good, I can almost play like on hard courts,” he said. “I hope I can achieve something big.”
A two-time Grand Slam runner-up, Medvedev is trying to become the third Russian to win a major after Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin.
Earlier, Italian rising star Jannick Siner retained a match point in his opening match at the French Open before meeting Frenchman Pierre-Hugh Herbert 6-1, 4-6, 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4.