Daniil Medvedev easy for his entry into the running at the US Open

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Daniil Medvedev easy for his entry into the running at the US Open

Successful entry into the running for Daniil Medvedev. The Russian won in three sets against Stefan Kozlov (6-2, 6-4, 6-0) in the first round of the US Open on Monday.

For a player who likes big atmospheres, Daniil Medvedev was not served for his first round at the US Open. Far from the fury that sometimes reigns around the New York courts, this first round against the American Stefan Kozlov was played in an atmosphere that was almost too polite. Blame it on a sparse audience and a match that never really found its rhythm. Perfect blocker, the Russian found himself facing an opponent who never gave him the slightest pace. With highly suspect shifting and services that regularly topped out at 102 km/h, Kozlov didn’t offer much and Medvedev got caught up in this non-game at times.

But nothing that could deflect the world No. 1 from his path. Unaccustomed to matches of this level (it was his fourth Major match in his career), physically struggling after only a few games, Kozlov simply did not have the weapons to worry Medvedev.

He tried a few drop shots to disturb the Russian, but he regularly got a hole behind. And in rallies he could not compete with the consistency of Medvedev. Without playing his best tennis, the latter provided the essentials with an entry in the running where he left a minimum of energy on the court. He will play in the next round against Arthur Rinderknech.

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