Oct 9 (Reuters) – U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev confirmed no indicators of a Grand Slam hangover with a business-like 6-4 6-2 win over Mackenzie McDonald to achieve the third spherical on the Indian Wells event on Saturday.
All points of the top-seeded Russian’s recreation had been clicking as he improved to 5-0 in head-to-head matches towards the American.
“I am really actually happy, as a result of often I haven’t performed nicely in Indian Wells and I have never been enjoying that nicely in practices earlier than (the event),” Medvedev stated in his on-court interview.
“(I’m) actually pleased with my efficiency. That is crucial (factor) regardless of how I performed earlier than the event.”
The 25-year-old Medvedev was sharp from the outset, breaking McDonald to open the match on a heat night time within the Southern California desert.
Medvedev’s capacity to cowl the court docket regardless of his towering body, a facet of his recreation that was on full show when he gained a 44-shot rally, proved an excessive amount of for the challenger, who by no means actually pushed the event favourite.
Medvedev unleashed a blistering serve to McDonald’s backhand on match level and the return sailed vast to finish the affair.
The Russian ended world primary Novak Djokovic’s shot at historical past final month by stopping his bid for a calendar 12 months Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows.
Djokovic withdrew previous to the beginning of the event in Indian Wells, which was not held final 12 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving Medvedev as its primary seed.
In his final outing, Medvedev beat Denis Shapovalov in straight units on the Laver Cup.
Subsequent up for Medvedev is Filip Krajinovic, who defeated Marcos Giron 7-6(2) 7-5 within the second spherical on the Masters 1000 event.
Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles and Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Muralikumar Anantharaman
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