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Daniil Medvedev Stuns World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka In Wimbledon Debut

Russian #NextGen player Daniil Medvedev won the biggest match of his career over Roland Garros finalist Stan Wawrinka 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-1.

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Daniil Medvedev has been enjoying his breakout season at the age of 21. The Russian started 2017 at No. 99 and hit the ground running, reaching finals in Chennai. Medvedev backed it up by consecutive quarterfinals in Montpellier and Marseille. Then followed a losing streak from Dubai through all of clay until s-Hertogenbosch, which finally stopped at 6. Medvedev has had a pretty great grass season, getting to quarterfinals in s-Hertogenbosch and Queen’s Club before making semifinals in Eastbourne. Medvedev broke into Top 50 and this was his main draw Wimbledon debut.

 

After reaching the French Open final, Wawrinka has struggled on grass. The Swiss took a first round loss in Queen’s to Feliciano Lopez, and now lost again in the opening round to Medvedev in four sets. Both players knew that Wawrinka wasn’t a 100% fit, struggling with a knee injury, which definitely gave Medvedev the confidence.

From the start it was apparent that Wawrinka was injured. His movement wasn’t great and was lacking power from both wings. The 198 centimeters tall Medvedev was serving on point. His serve isn’t among the strongest, but very precise in its positioning. The Russian also utilizes his height for a kick second serve which gave Stan a lot of trouble into the one-handed backhand.

Stan’s movement got worse as the match wore on, giving Medvedev more opportunities to expose. It was expected that Medvedev would struggle with nerves towards the end, but that never came. The Russian acquired two breaks in the fourth set. Wawrinka saved two match points on Medvedev’s serve at 5-1. Medvedev ended the match on his first advantage, and earned the biggest win of his career.

Medvedev’s Round of 64 opponent will be qualifier Ruben Bemelmans. Bemelmans defeated Tommy Haas in the 1st Round, thus ending the German’s probably last Wimbledon. Daniil Medvedev will be the favorite to get to Round of 32, where he is going to face Kevin Anderson or Andreas Seppi. He’s definitely not without chance of making Round of 16 and probably playing Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Manic Monday.

Post Match Comments

Stan Wawrinka: 

“I wasn’t feeling the way I wanted to feel. But play against a great player who I think was confident today, was playing well, was playing faster. Was a tough lost.”

“Apparently grass is not the best surface for my knee. I need to figure it out exactly what’s the problem now, what I’m going to do, and come back on the tennis court when I will feeling without any pain.”

“He’s a really good player, that’s for sure. I was expecting a tough match. Saw him playing last couple of week on grass. He’s playing really well on grass. He’s playing fast and flat ball. He’s moving quite good. He loves the grass to play his game. Yeah, he’s a really dangerous player.”

Daniil Medvedev:

“First of all, it’s my first Grand Slam win. So even I guess if I didn’t beat Stan, it would be one of the biggest wins in my life. My first top-10 win. I have no words to describe this. I guess this memory will be with me forever.”

“I think my game suits really well on grass, because I don’t have, like, huge serve but it’s quite strong and very precise. So that’s the best thing for grass, because with the grass it goes faster than on hard or clay. Then I have really flat game, which no one likes to play, because you have to put the ball up after my shots. I’m good at the key moments. So far I have been good at these key moments. So, like, everything just makes me play well on grass, and that’s my favorite surface.”

“Yeah, I had mononucleosis. It was really tough time, because I was in Indian Wells, and I was feeling like hell there. It was so bad. One moment I couldn’t drink water because I had it with angina. After I read that mononucleosis comes often with angina, I didn’t eat for three days; I had only mashed potatoes because I couldn’t even drink. I went back to Europe and understood I had mononucleosis and I have to stay home for like one month, do nothing.

So it was not easy, and when I came back, because finally I guess I knew about it when it was an early stage, so that’s why in two months I’m here playing Wimbledon.

But when I came back, I think I came back a little bit too early, and I made a hip injury in Budapest. I had to retire during the match. That was two weeks without tennis more.

And then when I came back, in Lyon was really tough to play on clay and I had cramps during Roland Garros, so it was really tough for me.

I’m happy this grass court season is going like this.”

“We are all good friends. I mean, it’s right now three of us coming through, I guess. We know each other since we are maybe 8 or 7. It’s just great. I talked once to my girlfriend that, I mean, who would think when we were 10 we knew each other already, who would think that all of us would be main draw Wimbledon and me playing Centre Court, beating Stan, Karen upsetting…

It’s amazing what’s happen. I really don’t know the reasons. We are all competitive. Every one of us wants to be better than the other one. I think when one does good, the other ones try to follow.

Of course I will try to follow even without other Russians, but I think this is one of the things that makes us grow faster.”

The press also found out some other fun facts about Daniil Medvedev, such as that he has no relation to Andrei Medvedev (Former No. 4 from Ukraine) or Dmitry Medvedev (Former president and current Prime Minister of Russia). Also the Russian lives in Monaco and speaks French.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Lorenzo Sonego to advance to the second round in Antwerp

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga broke once in each set in his 6-3 6-4 win in his 6-3 6-4 win over Lorenzo Sonego after 1 hour and 20 minutes improving his win-loss record over the Italian player to 2-0.

 

Tsonga got the first break at 15 in the fourth game and never looked back to win the opening set 6-3 after 31 minutes.

Sonego earned his only break in the fourth game of the second set, but Tsonga saved it before earning the decisive break. The Frenchman held on his service games to take the second set 6-4.

Tsonga will face either Gilles Simon or Steve Darcis in the second round.

Guido Pella fought back from one set down to beat Peter Gojowczyk 5-7 6-4 7-6 (7-2) setting up a second round match against either Richard Gasquet or Soonwoon Kwon from South Korean Soonwoo Kwon.

Tipsarevic beats Moutet in Stockolm

 Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic broke serve four times in his 6-2 6-4 win over Corentin Moutet in 73 minutes. Tipsarevic, who will retire at the end of the season, will take on top seed Fabio Fognini. Tipsarevic went up a 3-0 lead with a double break. Moutet pulled back a break in the fourth game, but Tipsarevic broke for the third game to clinch the first set 6-2. Tipsarevic converted his third break point chance in the seventh game and held his final two service games to win the second set 6-4.

Great Britain’s Daniel Evans battled past Bernard Tomic 6-4 1-6 6-3 setting up a second round match against either Casper Ruud or Filip Krajinovic.

Italy’s Stefano Travaglia stunned US giant Reilly Opelka 7-5 4-6 6-4 securing his spot in the second round, where he will face either Yuichi Sugita from Japan or Elias Yimer from Sweden. Opelka had to save a break point in the first game with five aces. Both players went on serve until the 11th game when Travaglia got the break before serving out for the set at love. Travaglia saved a break point at 4-5 15-40 but Opelka converted his second chance to seal the second set 6-4. Travaglia got the decisive break in the ninth game and sealed the win on his first match point.

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Andreas Seppi fends off two match points to beat Christian Garin in Moscow

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Italian veteran Andreas Seppi came back from one set down to beat Chile’s Christian Garin 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-4) in 2 hours and 45 minutes at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

 

Garin broke serve twice in the second and ninth games to win the opening set 6-3.  Seppi converted his second break point chance in the first game of the second set, but he wasted two break points at 5-4 and dropped his serve. Seppi saved two match points in the 12th game at 5-6 15-40 in the second set before winning the tie-break 7-2.

Garin broke serve in the fifth game to open up a 4-2 lead. Seppi broke straight back to draw level to 4-4, but he did not convert four match points at 6-5. Seppi won five of the final six points in the tie-break of the third set to close out the match.

Czech qualifier Lukas Rosol fended off two match points to beat Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (9-7) 6-3. Rosol came back from 4-6 in the tie-break of the second set by winning five of the next six points. The Czech player broke serve in the eighth game to win the third set 6-3.

Adrian Mannarino edged past Damir Dzumhur 7-6 (7-2) 6-0 to improve his record in their head-to-head matches to 3-1. Dzumhur got the first break of the match in the opening game. Mannarino broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Dzumhur broke serve for the second time to take a 4-3 lead. Mannarino pulled the break back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5 before winning the tie-break 7-2. The Frenchman cruised through to a 6-0 win in the third set with three consecutive breaks.

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Daniil Medvedev Dismantles Zverev To Win Shanghai Masters

It was another clinical performance from one of the sports rising stars.

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World No.4 Daniil Medvedev has continued his unbeaten streak since the US Open after disposing of Germany’s Alexander Zverev in straight sets to win the Shanghai Masters.

 

The 23-year-old, who hasn’t lost a set in his past nine matches, brushed aside his hot and cold opponent 6-4, 6-1, to add to his rapidly rising trophy tally. Medvedev has now won three out of the last four ATP tournaments he has played in. Including two at Masters level. In his latest conquest, he hit 19 winners to 14 unforced errors and saved four out of the five break points he faced.

“This win is also amazing because I think Shanghai is one of the most prestigious Masters events on the tour.” Medvedev told TennisTV. “Especially over the last 10 years with only three players managing to win this.”
“It’s really special to have my photo out in the corridor for many years.” He added.

The clash in Shanghai was somewhat of an historic occasion. For the first time since 2009 two finalists of a Masters 1000 event are under the age of 24. Medvedev was contesting his sixth consecutive final in what has been a sensational second half of the year for him. Meanwhile, Zverev was bidding to win his biggest title since his triumph at the ATP Finals almost 12 months ago.

Billed as a meeting between two players who could take over the reign when the Big Three retire from the sport, it was Russia’s Medvedev who got off to a better start. Breaking the Zverev serve immediately with the help of a backhand drop shot as he eased to a 3-0 lead. However, Zverev managed to regain his focus with an elevation in his game to fight back and draw level at 3-3. Paving way for what was a tightly contested opener. Only a couple shots separated the two and they were a duo of costly errors from Zverev at the worst possible time. Serving at 4-5 30-30, back-to-back double faults from the fifth seed cost him the opening set. Moving Medvedev closer to his second Masters title.

The US Open finalist continued to weather the storm with the help of more errors from across the court. Two games into the second set, a seemingly straightforward Zverev service game collapsed as he lost five straight points after leading 40-0. Rewarding Medvedev another break in the match. Firmly in control of the final, he breezed towards the finish line with little difficulty as his rival grew more frustrated. Serving for the title, Medvedev clinched victory on his first match point with an ace down the line. Although he was rather blasé when it came to his celebration.

“I said that during the US Open, it was going to be my thing because everybody was talking about that they need new guys and something new. So I gave them something new. I don’t celebrate my wins. I just stay calm, do my job and done.” Explained Medvedev.

The world No.4 has now won 59 matches on the ATP Tour this season. Which is 11 more than his nearest opponent (Novak Djokovic has 48 wins). Eight out of his nine wins over top 10 players have taken place over the last six months. He has now overtaken Roger Federer into third place in the ATP Race to London.

“I said yesterday after my victory you’re probably the best player in the world right now. How you’re playing is unbelievable and I wish you nothing but the best.” Zverev said to Medvedev during the trophy ceremony.

Sunday’s win is Medvedev’s first over Zverev after losing to him on four previous occasions. He exits Shanghai with 1000 ranking points and $1,374,995 in prize money.

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