Daniil Medvedev advances in New York without losing a group | sports
Defending champion Daniil Medvedev reached the third round of the US Open without dropping a set. The Russian tennis player, ranked No. 1 in the world, defeated French Arthur Rinderknicch at Arthur Ashe Court 6-2, 7-5, 6-3. Medvedev did not lose a set in the first round against American Stefan Kozlov (6-2, 6-4, 6-0).
The Russian will now meet qualifier Yiping Wu, the first Chinese in the third round in New York. The 22-year-old Wu, winner of the US Junior Open five years ago, is ranked 174th in the world rankings. The Chinese reached the third round by defeating Portugal’s Nuno Borges in five sets: 6-7 (3) 7-6 (4) 4-6 6-4 6-4.
Medvedev and Renderknic walked onto the track at Arthur Ashe Stadium after Serena Williams beat second-placed Anett Kontaveit. The 40-year-old American, who may have been working on her last tournament, needed nearly two and a half hours.
“It is not easy to start the match at 10 pm,” Medvedev said. “Fortunately I already had some experience with it. I watched Serena’s match on TV and tried to stay calm and save energy. Everyone wants to see Serena win this week. Or actually these two weeks. Anything is possible for her.”
Sixth seed Félix Auger-Aliassime was eliminated. The 22-year-old Canadian, number 8 in the world, lost to Britain’s two-year-old Jack Draper: 4-6 4-6 4-6. Compatriot Bianca Andreescu, the 2019 US Open winner, reached the third round of the Women’s Championship by defeating Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maya 6-2 6-4.
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Laila Fernandez did not survive the second round. The Canadian (19), who finished 14th, reached the final in New York last year. Russian Lyudmila Samsonova was too strong for the 2021 final with a 6-3 7-6(3) lead, and in the run-up to the US Open, the 35th-ranked Samsonova in the world won the WTA Championships in Cleveland. Fernandez lost 6-4, 6-3 to Britain’s Emma Radocano in last year’s final fight, which did not go beyond the first round this year. The Frenchman Alizee Cornet was its president.
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