Daniil Medvedev survives scare to advance to French Open Third Round

Daniil Medvedev recovered from a slow start to book his place in the French Open third round after seeing off Tommy Paul 3-6 6-1 6-4 6-3 at Roland Garros on Wednesday.

The second seed, who only scored his first-ever win in this major against Kazakhstan’s Sasha Bublik in round one, appeared in trouble as he lost the opening set to world number 52 Paul.

The American arrived in the match having won nine of his previous 15 on clay this season, while recently reaching the Parma Open semi-finals.

However, Medvedev rapidly responded to level, before controlling the next two sets to secure only his sixth victory on this surface in two years.

The world number two’s reward is a third-round showdown with another American in Reilly Opelka.

Elsewhere, fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas eased past Pedro Martinez in straight sets – as did Madrid Open winner Alexander Zverev and Casper Ruud against Roman Safiullin and Kamil Majchrzak respectively.

Meanwhile, Kei Nishikori continued his impressive record in deciding sets as he edged past 23rd seed Karen Khachanov.

The former world number four, who is 26-7 in career matches that have gone to a fifth set, will now play Henri Laaksonen after the Swiss player eliminated 11th seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3 2-6 6-3 6-2.

Chile’s Cristian Garin also prevailed in a deciding set; the 22nd seed recovering from 2-0 down and saving two match points before scraping past Mackenzie McDonald.

Over in the Ladies’ singles, Serena Williams’ latest quest for a 24th Grand Slam title resumed with a 6-3 5-7 6-1 win over Mihaela Buzarnescu; setting up a third-round showdown with compatriot Danielle Collins.

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka is through to round three for the first time since 2015 after beating 18-year-old Clara Touson 7-5 6-4.

There, she will play Madison Keys, who also advanced in straight sets against Leylah Fernandez.

Third seed Aryna Sabalenka was a 7-5 6-3 winner over Aliaksandra Sasnovich, while 2019 runner-up Marketa Vondrousova overcame home favourite Harmony Tan 6-1 6-3 in just over an hour.

But there was no joy for 10th seed Belinda Bencic, who was beaten 2-6 2-6 by Russia’s Daria Kasatkina.


French Open 2021 Results

Wednesday June 2

Second Round

Court Philippe Chatrier

Harmony Tan 1-6, 3-6 Marketa Vondrousova
Karen Khachanov 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 4-6, 4-6 Kei Nishikori
Serena Williams 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 Mihaela Buzarnescu
Tommy Paul 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 3-6 Daniil Medvedev

Court Suzanne-Lenglen

Alexander Zverev 7-6, 6-3, 7-6 Roman Safiullin
Polona Hercog 7-5, 6-4 Caroline Garcia
Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 Pedro Martinez
Aliaksandra Sasnovich 5-7, 3-6 Aryna Sabalenka

Court Simonne Mathieu

Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 6-2 Belinda Bencic
Henri Laaksonen 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 Roberto Bautista Agut
Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-4 Clara Tauson
Enzo Couacaud 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 4-6 Pablo Carreno Busta

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Can Novak Djokovic deny Rafael Nadal a thirteenth French Open title?

We break down the men’s singles draw, analyse the contenders and predict the semifinalists and champion as Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem lead the draw at the 2020 US Open.

Rafael Nadal faces Novak Djokovic in the French Open final on Sunday 11 October – read our match analysis and predictions here.

French Open 2020: Preview

No man has ever ruled the French Open, also known as Roland Garros, like 12-time champion Nadal, who has only ever lost two matches there.

But the 2020 French Open will be different – it’s being played in chilly, damp autumn instead of the sunshine and heat of June, and at best only limited spectators will be allowed, with players enclosed in a bio-security bubble.

Can Nadal adapt to these new conditions, and his own lack of match practice, or will one of his challengers wrest the Coupe des Mousquetaires from his grasp?

US Open Semifinals

Novak Djokovic (1) vs Stefanos Tsitsipas (5), 5pm local/4pm BST

World no. 1 Novak Djokovic faces Stefanos Tsitsipas, playing his second Grand Slam semifinal, as Djokovic attempts to reach the final of the French Open for the fifth time.

Djokovic comes into the match with physical concerns, having struggled in his quarterfinal against Pablo Carreno Busta. Djokovic took to the court with his neck taped and clearly suffering from pain and stiffness in his left arm. He dropped the first set to Carreno Busta – the first set he has lost in the tournament – but won 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 and said afterwards that the pain faded as his body warmed up.

Read full match analysis and get head-to-head stats and more on Djokovic vs Tsitsipas.

Tsitsipas, in contrast, looked just the right combination of relaxed and intense as he faced Andrey Rublev in what was not just the Greek’s first Grand Slam quarterfinal since his initial breakthrough semifinal run at the Australian Open in 2019, but a rematch of the Hamburg Open final which Tsitsipas had served for and then ended up losing a few weeks before. But a polished performance by Tsitsipas saw him claim his first win over Rublev in four attempts, his all-court game leaving the Russian looking one-dimensional and his backhand standing up to the Rublev forehand better than it has before.

Tsitsipas has beaten Djokovic before, but not on clay, and most crucially not over the best-of-five sets. Djokovic has obvious physical concerns, but even if he loses the first set against Tsitsipas, he’ll always be favoured to play his way into the match. You can’t say the same for Tsitsipas.

Rafael Nadal (2) vs Diego Schwartzman (12), 2.50pm local/1.50pm BST

Nadal has never won the French Open when he came in without winning a title on clay, although that stat is a little misleading – all bets are off in this strangest season, after all (though not literally). He has still only lost two matches at Roland Garros, and it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that although he played abysmally in losing to Schwartzman in Rome, the 12-time champion has had exactly the draw he needs to play himself in.

Nadal dropped only 23 games in reaching the quarterfinals, beating Egor Gerasimov, Mackenzie McDonald, Stefano Travaglia and young qualifier Sebastian Korda all without turning a hair, pretty much; and he’s adapted his game to the slower, colder conditions, flattening out the cross-court backhand in particular. His sternest test of the tournament came against 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner, who had eliminated David Goffin in the first round and Alexander Zverev in the fourth; Sinner served for the first set, had a break lead in the second, but still lost in straight sets, Nadal winning 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-1.

Read full match analysis and get live streaming information for Nadal vs Schwartzman.

Meanwhile, Diego Schwartzman earlier that day played for over five hours to knock out Dominic Thiem, in a match which was both a very impressive win – Thiem was looking for his fifth straight semifinal or better at the French Open – and also something of a missed opportunity for Schwartzman, who arguably could and should have won in straight sets.

If he had, he would have been at less of a physical disadvantage coming into the semifinal against Nadal, although both players do have two days to recover.

Schwartzman beat Nadal in Rome in straight sets, his first victory over the Spaniard in ten attempts. But it’s difficult to see him repeating the feat. Nadal served abysmally in Rome, and didn’t play well off the ground, while Schwartzman was inspired and aggressive. If Nadal plays even 20% better, Schwartzman will be forced back off the court and unable to dictate and the match will follow familiar patterns – the Argentine could come out and absolutely redline for a set and maybe take it, but will be unable to keep up the pressure over the best of five.

French Open 2020: Prediction


Djokovic d. Tsitsipas
Nadal d. Schwartzman


Nadal d. Djokovic

Dominic Thiem will have to break down the impenetrable Daniil Medvedev if he is to reach his first US Open final.

Medvedev vs Thiem is live from New York on Friday 11 September, 6pm local/11pm BST

After having come within a set of claiming the title in 2019, Daniil Medvedev is out to make back-to-back US Open finals as he takes on Dominic Thiem in Friday’s semifinals.

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With four Grand Slam final appearances between them, Medvedev and Thiem are the heavyweights remaining in the draw, with the other semifinalists Alexander Zverev and Pablo Carreno Busta yetto reach one. Whoever wins the Thiem vs Medvedev clash will be favourite in the US Open final.

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

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Medvedev vs Thiem: Head-to-head

Thiem leads the head-to-head with Medvedev 2-1, but Medvedev is actually 1-0 vs Thiem on outdoor hard courts.

Thiem beat Medvedev in a third-set tie-break on indoor hard courts in St Petersburg in 2018, and 6-4, 6-0 on clay in the Barcelona final in 2019. Medvedev won 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the Canada Masters in August 2019.

Medvedev vs Thiem: Preview

Daniil Medvedev is the only player, of the four men who have reached the semifinals, who is yet to drop a set, and as the 2019 runner-up – who pushed Rafael Nadal to five sets in that final – he is many people’s pick to be the one crowned as the new Grand Slam champion guaranteed by the exit of Novak Djokovic.

Medvedev faced his toughest test of the tournament so far when he took on compatriot Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals, but preserved his perfect record against his friend from junior days with a 7-6(6), 6-3, 7-6(5) victory. Against a player of a very different mould – all about the flat hammered power from the baseline – Medvedev’s serve shone: He lost just six points behind his first serve in the match, finding 16 aces along the way, and did not face a single break point. (He only created one on Rublev’s serve, but converted it.)

The pivotal passages of play were obviously the two tie-breaks, each of which Medvedev edged as well as saving three set points on his way back from 3-6 down in the first set. More concerning was the treatment he required for a shoulder injury and for cramp midway through the third set. The emotion was obviously extreme, and the match hard-fought, but to be struggling physically after not dropping a set all tournament doesn’t necessarily bode that well coming into a clash with Dominic Thiem, a formidable physical specimen to say the least.

Dominic Thiem lost his only previous outdoor hard-court match against Daniil Medvedev (PA Images)

Thiem’s early-round performances didn’t impress much more than his one-sided defeat to Filip Krajinovic in ‘Cincinnati’. But the Austrian is, at this point, well-versed in getting to the closing stages of Grand Slams: Twice a runner-up at the French Open, he pushed Djokovic to five at the Australian Open in January. Thiem has been seemingly primed to win a major for about a year now, and I don’t think the fact that the draw has opened up with the absence of any Big Four players in the closing stages has changed his approach a whit.

Thiem has played his best tennis of the tournament in thumping Felix Auger-Aliassime and Alex de Minaur in straight sets, but he won’t be able to flatten Medvedev so easily. The Russian is serving brilliantly, and he’s a very difficult player to hit through; there will be many, many long grinding rallies. The question mark for me is the shoulder injury, not just from the point of view of Medvedev’s serve, but from handling the heavy, high-bouncing ball that Thiem hits. This is going to be a war of attrition, and Thiem looks slightly fitter, better-rested and prepared to go the distance.

Medvedev vs Thiem: Prediction

An all-Russian clash in the quarterfinals of the US Open sees 2019 runner-up Daniil Medvedev taking on old friend Andrey Rublev.

Medvedev vs Rublev is live from New York on Wednesday 9 September, 1.30pm local/6.30pm BST

Daniil Medvedev has emerged as the favourite to win the US Open after the shock exit of Novak Djokovic left a vacuum on the men’s side of the draw – and he lived up to that billing with a dominant win over Frances Tiafoe in the fourth round.

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Medvedev has a perfect record against his compatriot and old friend Andrey Rublev, who avenged last year’s defeat to Matteo Berrettini to reach the US Open quarterfinals. Can Rublev find a way to break down the defensive wall of Medvedev?

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

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Medvedev vs Rublev: Head-to-head

Daniil Medvedev leads the head-to-head with Andrey Rublev 3-0. All three of their matches have taken place on hard courts, and two were in 2019: On outdoor hard courts in Cincinnati and indoor hard courts in St Petersburg.

Medvedev has won all six sets the two have played.

Medvedev vs Rublev: Preview

The certainty that a new men’s Grand Slam champion will be crowned on Sunday didn’t seem to disrupt Daniil Medvedev when he took the court for his fourth-round match. On the contrary, Medvedev remains the only player left in the men’s draw who hasn’t dropped a set as he delivered a ruthless takedown of Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-1, 6-0.

Tiafoe, like the other players Medvedev has faced on his way through the draw, isn’t really on Medvedev’s level but the discipline the Russian has maintained in not losing focus and conserving as much energy as possible is both impressive and slightly surprising.

Now the third seed is closing in on a return to the final, and he hasn’t needed the antagonistic energy of the crowd to fuel him, either.
In terms of match-ups, Medvedev couldn’t really have asked for a better player to stand across the net from him in what will be his second Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Andrey Rublev is into his second US Open quarterfinal (PA Images)

It will also be Andrey Rublev’s second Grand Slam quarterfinal. Two years younger than Medvedev, Rublev was really one of the first of his generation to break through when he made a quarterfinal run at the US Open in 2017, but he got overtaken by other prospects while he struggled with a back injury.

It was on American hard courts in 2019 that Rublev reminded us how good he is, beating Roger Federer to reach the Cincinnati quarterfinals (where he lost to Medvedev) before reaching the round of 16 in New York. Matteo Berrettini beat him there, but Rublev, after dropping the first set of the rematch, avenged that defeat in style, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Rublev took control of the baseline and dictated play throughout the majority of the match to make it back to the last eight.

Rublev has played so well (when he’s had the chance) over the past year, it’s unfortunate for him that he is up against Medvedev, a man who – any way you slice it – is simply a bad match-up for him. Rublev absolutely hammers the ball off both wings, but it makes no bones for Medvedev, who thrives on hard-hitting, error-prone players who cannot go toe-to-toe with him from the baseline without making errors – let alone the kinds of errors which Medvedev’s junk-balling tends to extract, if only because his variety demands such concentration from his opponents. Rublev might, at best, take a set if he redlines, but Medvedev should wear him down and outlast him.

Medvedev vs Rublev: Prediction

Daniil Medvedev could face his first test of the US Open as he takes on Frances Tiafoe in the fourth round in a rematch of their four-set Australian Open clash.

Medvedev vs Tiafoe is live from New York on Monday 7 September, time TBC

Runner-up at the US Open 12 months ago, Daniil Medvedev has returned as the third seed and so far it’s been plain sailing for the Russian despite the absence of the crowd whose energy fuelled his memorable 2019 run.

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Medvedev hasn’t even come close to losing a set through the first three rounds, but on Monday he should be facing his toughest test yet against the USA’s Frances Tiafoe, who took him to four sets at the Australian Open in January.

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

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Medvedev vs Tiafoe: Head-to-head

Daniil Medvedev leads the head-to-head with Frances Tiafoe 2-1. The American won their first match in Nice in 2015, but Medvedev has won the two more recent encounters, beating Tiafoe 6-2, 7-5 in Washington, D.C. last summer and in four sets at the Australian Open in January.

Medvedev vs Tiafoe: Preview

With a fairly smooth draw through the early rounds, Daniil Medvedev’s main challenge in the first week was to get through it without expending too much energy in long matches, to keep his powder dry for the second week. He’s done that: The Russian has dropped an average eight games in each of his matches so far, beating Federico Delbonis, Christopher O’Connell and J.J. Wolf without coming close to dropping a set.

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Now we find out whether Medvedev can raise his level when he needs to – something that fourth-round opponent Tiafoe did to perfection to make the last 16. Having dug out a five-set match against John Millman in the second round, I thought Tiafoe was going to find himself outmatched and outlasted by Marton Fucsovics in the third. Instead, the American played one of his best, most consistently aggressive and disciplined matches to beat the Hungarian 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 and reach the round of 16 at the US Open for the first time.

Frances Tiafoe has never won back-to-back US Open matches before this year (PA Images)

Having played nine sets through the first two rounds, Tiafoe was focused throughout the match against Fucsovics, perhaps suggesting that coach Wayne Ferreira’s emphasis on concentration is beginning to pay off. Medvedev, though, will be a tougher nut to crack.

The junkballing, supremely defensively gifted Russian is a hard player to break down at the best of times. In their Australian Open clash, Tiafoe’s best success came when he used his backhand to maneouvre Medvedev off the court, and then transitioned forward boldly to finish off the point; but even then, on what was a poor serving day for Medvedev, it wasn’t a tactic that could get the American more than a set. Tiafoe’s forehand isn’t really stable enough to let him dictate play off that wing, either, not against a player as good at tracking down balls as Medvedev. This will be a big step up in level of opponent for Medvedev – a big step up from the likes of J.J. Wolf; and making that adjustment might well result in Tiafoe taking a set. But this match is the Russian’s to win.

Medvedev vs Tiafoe: Prediction

The New York crowd fuelled Daniil Medvedev’s memorable run to the US Open final in 2019 – will he get off to a winning start without them?

Medvedev vs Delbonis is live from New York on Wednesday 2 September, 8.30pm local/1.30am BST

Twelve months after the biggest result of his career to date, Daniil Medvedev returns to the US Open as the third seed, only to find the stands empty of the noisy crowds whose animosity – and eventual encouragement – helped him battle through tough matches to reach the final, where he pushed Rafael Nadal to five sets.

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Medvedev, who also picked up two Masters 1000 Series titles in 2019, had an 8-4 record in 2020 before the shutdown and reached the quarterfinals in ‘Cincinnati’ last week. Is he set for a solid beginning to his US Open campaign as he takes on powerful Argentine Federico Delbonis on Tuesday?

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Medvedev vs Delbonis: Head-to-head

This will be the first meeting between Daniil Medvedev and Federico Delbonis.

Medvedev vs Delbonis: Preview

While everybody can agree that 17-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, an unbeaten 23-0 in 2020, is the overwhelming favourite to win the men’s title at the 2020 US Open, Medvedev has been one of a handful of names that’s been mentioned as a realistic alternative contender.

The Russian was so impressive at last year’s US Open and has beaten Djokovic, albeit not in a best-of-five sets match; moreover, he’s lucky enough to have been drawn in the opposite half to the Serb, so he doesn’t have to contend with him until the final.

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As far as form is concerned, Medvedev looked very good in ‘Cincinnati’ last week in wins over a pair of qualifiers and the first set against Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarterfinals, which he won 6-1 in less than 30 minutes. But after failing to convert three break points on Bautista Agut’s serve at the beginning of the second set, Medvedev then failed to adjust to Bautista Agut’s shifting tactics in any way, and his ultimate 6-1, 4-6, 3-6 defeat to the Spaniard was uncomfortably reminiscent of other matches when he’s allowed big leads to slip away.

Best-of-five set matches mean more time to recover from that kind of lapse, but one thing Medvedev can learn from the likes of Djokovic is the art of efficient, energy-conserving early-round matches at majors. A straight-sets victory over Delbonis would be just the perfect beginning to his campaign.

Federico Delbonis has beaten Federer, Wawrinka and Murray in the past (PA Images)

The powerful Argentine is not a negligible opponent, however. He was ranked as high as world no. 33 in May 2016, the year he won his second ATP Tour title; he’s beaten Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray, the last-named on a hard court; he’s made the last 16 at Indian Wells and Miami before now. Currently ranked world no. 79, Delbonis has a mammoth left-handed forehand which he can use like a bludgeon, and a big serve to boot. Where he might struggle on these US Open courts is having the time to set up that forehand, and he’s also not the best mover on a hard court against an opponent who can make him run. Medvedev is superlatively good at making people do that, but the Russian will also want to be proactive in the match, to keep Delbonis under pressure instead of waiting for him to make mistakes. Letting his foot off the gas at any point might cost him precious energy later in the tournament.

Medvedev vs Delbonis: Prediction

Daniil Medvedev faces the first real challenge of his Western & Southern Open in the form of a quarterfinal clash with the tough Roberto Bautista Agut.

Medvedev vs Bautista Agut is live from Cincinnati on Wednesday 26 August at 1pm local/6pm BST

Despite not having played a tournament since the Open 13 in February, Medvedev is yet to drop a set as he attempts to defend his Cincinnati Masters title in New York – site of his memorable run to the US Open final in 2019.

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After straight-sets victories over a pair of qualifiers, Medvedev should find things much tougher against world no. 12 Bautista Agut in Wednesday’s quarterfinals – the Spaniard won their only previous meeting in straight sets.

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Medvedev vs Bautista Agut: Head-to-head

These two have played just once before, in the final of what was then the Chennai Open in 2017 on outdoor hard courts. Bautista Agut won 6-3, 6-4.

Roberto Bautista Agut is 1-0 vs Medvedev (PA Images)

Medvedev vs Bautista Agut: Preview

Some of the players have commented that the courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre, where the Western & Southern Open is being played behind closed doors this year, are playing fast, but neither that nor the relocation of the tournament nor the absence of a crowd seems to be bothering defending champion Medvedev so far.

The Russian, who followed a maiden Masters 1000 Series title in Cincinnati last year with a run to the US Open final, made a pretty good start to the year with a semifinal run at the ATP Cup as part of the Russia team before being edged out of the Australian Open in the round of 16 by former champion Stan Wawrinka. He had a lacklustre European indoor season in February, going 1-2, but then as we all know the tennis season was decimated by circumstances nobody expected.

We didn’t see a lot of Medvedev during the shutdown, but he’s looked good on the resumption despite facing two opponents who, thanks to playing through qualifying, had a distinct match-fitness advantage over him. Neither Marcos Giron nor Aljaz Bedene was able to push Medvedev to a third set; Medvedev did not face a single break point against Bedene, and saved all three which Giron created.

It’s about to get a lot tougher. Andy Murray recently named Bautista Agut as one of the most underrated players in men’s tennis, and the Spaniard is a quiet 11-3 in 2020, having won every match he played on Spain’s way to the ATP Cup final in January (they fell to Serbia).

Bautista Agut has rarely excelled at the US Open – his best result was a round-of-16 finish in 2015 – but he made the quarterfinals of three Masters 1000 Series events on North American hard courts last year and is a tenacious competitor. While we shouldn’t necessarily read too much into the fact that he beat Medvedev in their only previous meeting – Medvedev was barely inside the top 100 at the time, and it was a final, the Russian’s first at ATP Tour level – Bautista Agut has beaten Richard Gasquet and Karen Khachanov in ‘Cincinnati’ already and it’s easy to see how his counterpunching baseline game could be a tricky one for Medvedev to break down: Bautista Agut isn’t going to give up huge numbers of unforced errors, although he also doesn’t really have the weapons to punch through Medvedev’s defense.

Medvedev vs Bautista Agut: Prediction