LOS ANGELES: US Open champion Daniil Medvedev made a clean return to ATP motion Saturday, downing American Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 6-2 to succeed in the third spherical at Indian Wells.
The second-ranked Russian – the highest males’s seed within the mixed WTA and ATP Masters exhausting courtroom event – performed his first ATP match since capturing his maiden Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows – the place he denied Novak Djokovic a uncommon calendar Grand Slam sweep.
Since then, Medvedev helped Crew Europe beat Crew World on the Laver Cup, and saved issues rolling with a convincing win over 57th-ranked McDonald.
Medvedev did not face a break level, and transformed three of his seven break probabilities in opposition to the American to wrap issues up in 72 minutes.
“I am really actually happy, as a result of normally I have never performed effectively in Indian Wells and I have never been enjoying that effectively in practices earlier than (the event),” mentioned Medvedev, who was 3-3 in prior appearances within the California desert.
“Mackenzie is a extremely sturdy opponent, he can put stress on everyone,” he added. “I am completely satisfied to be by fairly quick.” Medvedev booked a third-round assembly with Serbian Filip Krajinovic, who pulled off a 7-6 (7/2), 7-5 winner over American Marcos Giron.
Russian fourth seed Andrey Rublev additionally superior, beating Spain’s Carlos Taberner 6-3, 6-4.
Girls’s high seed Karolina Pliskova eased into the third spherical as fifth-seeded Garbine Muguruza was toppled by Ajla Tomljanovic.
Pliskova, ranked third on the planet, wanted 80 minutes to get previous 23-year-old Polish qualifier Magdalena Frech 7-5, 6-2. Pliskova fired six aces to take her WTA-leading tally to 387 for the season, changing 5 of six break probabilities in opposition to Frech.
It was the 106th-ranked Frech who grabbed the primary break of the match, taking a 4-3 lead within the opening set.
However Pliskova promptly broke again, and main 6-5, the Czech gave herself a set level with a backhand winner earlier than Frech fired into the online.
Pliskova powered to a 5-1 lead within the second set and, after dropping her serve whereas serving for the match, broke Frech for the fifth time to assert the win.
Spain’s Muguruza, in the meantime, was bundled out 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 by Australia’s Tomljanovic, who reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final at Wimbledon earlier this 12 months.
Muguruza appeared to have turned issues round when she pocketed the second set to stage the match – aided by an increase in errors from the Aussie.
However Tomljanovic regrouped, breaking Muguruza within the opening recreation of the third. Muguruza pulled the break again to knot the set at 3-3, solely to drop her serve once more, and Tomljanovic completed it off with a last service break. Bianca Andreescu launched her protection of the title she gained in 2019 – the newest version of the event – with a hard-fought 7-6 (7/2), 5-7, 6-2 victory over American Alison Riske.