Medvedev, who underwent hernia surgery last month, cautioned Sunday he was often a slow starter on clay courts. So it proved in his first match on the surface this season, in the last tournament before the French Open.
Medvedev double-faulted for the seventh time on Gasquet’s first match point.
Unlike Medvedev, Gasquet has won titles on clay in his career, and the 35-year-old Frenchman frustrated his top-seeded opponent in an assured first set.
Medvedev had three double faults when his serve was broken to open the second set, and he broke a racket on the court in the next game.
Medvedev leveled at 3-3 and clinched the next game at love with a second-service ace.
In the tiebreaker, Medvedev twice recovered from being a mini-break down before his serve faltered again.