Daniil Medvedev cruises to first-round win at US Open

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New York — Daniil Medvedev sent an early message that this US Open could be more than just a two-man race Carlos Alcaraz And Novak Djokovic.

The 2021 champion advanced to the second round with Tuesday’s defeat Attila Balazs 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 in just over 1 hour, 14 minutes.

“That’s probably the fastest three-set match I’ve ever played,” Medvedev said.

About 12 hours after Djokovic easily returned to the US Open, the no. 3-seed Medvedev looked just as impressive when he beat Djokovic to win the 2021 title to deny the 23-time major champion his first calendar-year Grand Slam in men’s tennis since 1969.

Alcaraz, no. 1 seed ready to begin his title defense on Tuesday night Dominic Koeffer.

Alcaraz lost the title to Djokovic at Wimbledon after Djokovic eliminated the Spaniard in the semi-finals en route to the French Open title.

“Of course we know that the biggest, let’s say, players at the moment are Carlos and Novak,” Medvedev said. “But, well, they have to win the match to meet me, if I’m there. Works the same for me.”

Medvedev certainly has the game to compete on the hard court at the US Open, where the Russian was also the runner-up Rafael Nadal Before winning his first major two years later in 2019.

Andy Murraywho won the 2012 US Open title but is working his way back from multiple hip surgeries, advanced in straight sets but took nearly three hours to do so, beating Corentin Mouttet 6-2, 7-5, 6-3.

“It was a long one, but the way we played it probably always was,” Murray said, adding that it was shorter than many of his matches these days at the age of 36.

John Isner, playing in his final event before retiring, showed he wasn’t quite done yet. The 6-foot-10 American beat Argentina Facundo Diaz Acosta Tributes were held at Louis Armstrong Stadium in straight sets and on court after the match.

Isner, 38, won 16 singles titles in his career and served more than 14,000 aces, an ATP Tour record.

No. 19 Grigor Dimitrov He lost the first two sets in tiebreakers Alex Mulcan In the deciding fifth set, he won the tiebreak 11-9.

No. 8 Andrei Rublev Won the straight group, and joined Alexander Zverev (12), Cameron Norrie (16) and Nicholas Jarry (23) Qualifying men advance as players.

of Russia Karen Khachanov, last year’s semifinalist who was the no. 11 this year, the men’s top seed was knocked out after losing to the American wild card Michael Mmoh. Borna Coric (27), Hugo Humbert (29) and Talon Greekspore (24) was also among the lost seeds.

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