MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Fourth seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia held his nerve in a battle of attrition in opposition to American Frances Tiafoe to sign in a 6-Three Four-6 6-Four 6-2 victory within the first spherical of the Australian Open on Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – First Spherical – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 21, 2020. Russia’s Daniil Medvedev celebrates after profitable his fit in opposition to Frances Tiafoe of the U.S. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
American nice John McEnroe just lately tipped Medvedev as the person perhaps to damage the Grand Slam stranglehold of Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer at Melbourne Park after a season that includes 4 titles and a Excursion-leading 59 fit wins.
Medvedev, a U.S. Open finalist final 12 months, arrived in Melbourne in red-hot shape, profitable all his singles fits on the inaugural ATP Cup sooner than a three-set defeat to seven-time Australian Open champion Djokovic within the semi-final.
He broke Tiafoe’s serve 3 times to breeze during the opening set, however the American got here roaring again to stage the fit in the second one, exhibiting a never-say-die perspective in entrance of an appreciative Rod Laver Enviornment crowd.
“He’s a tricky first spherical. Frances is truly a perfect participant,” Medvedev advised journalists. “Knew it’s now not going to be simple. However proud of the win as a result of that’s maximum vital. First spherical of a slam, by no means simple.
“Infrequently a very powerful is to truly now not display some loopy stage or loopy photographs, however simply to win the fit, get into the event. Was once a tricky fit in opposition to Frances, however satisfied to win it in 4 units with out taking part in 5 hours.”
International quantity 50 Tiafoe had reached the quarter-final in Melbourne in 2019 and confirmed why, matching his higher-ranked opponent within the duels each from the baseline and on the internet.
Within the 3rd set, Medvedev broke the American after a marathon 2d recreation after which jumped to a Three-Zero lead after saving 3 breakpoints for a dangle.
Tiafoe, 22, as soon as once more refused to surrender and were given again the damage however his unforced mistakes in spite of everything passed yet one more damage and the set to the Russian.
Medvedev was once extra assured within the fourth set and after an early industry of breaks he broke Tiafoe’s serve two times extra and sealed the fit when his opponent was once compelled into an error.
“I believe I’ve numerous issues to make stronger relating to nowadays’s fit. Particularly the serve, I used to be now not satisfied in any respect with my serve,” he stated.
“As I say, after all a very powerful is to win, to simply win the fit, get into the second one spherical, get the feeling of the courtroom, of the ambience, the entirety. In most cases later within the event the entirety is going higher and higher.”
The 23-year-old Medvedev, who misplaced to eventual champion Djokovic within the fourth spherical final 12 months, will play Pedro Martinez in the second one spherical after the Spanish qualifier beat German Dominik Koepfer 6-Three 6-Four 7-Five.
Reporting via Sudipto Ganguly; Modifying via Hugh Lawson