Second seed Daniil Medvedev edged Serbian Miomir Kekmanovic with a comfortable 6-2 6-4 6-2 victory in less than two hours on Saturday to advance to the fourth round of the French Open.
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The US Open champion, who reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros last year after four consecutive first-round exits, played nearly flawless service matches throughout to give his opponent, ranked 31st in the world, a real shot.
It was great today. “I wasn’t broken,” Medvedev, this season’s Australian Open runner-up, said in an on-court interview. On this surface, it’s quite unusual. I hope there will be more matches like this next week.
“Just like in my French, I try to do better in tennis all the time. The better I learn French, the better tennis becomes.”
Medvedev did not find little resistance on his surface less preferred than the twenty-eighth-seeded Serbian and broke it twice in the first set before another early break ensured the Russian lead 2-0 in the set.
He had made it to the French Open with only one match on mud under his belt after undergoing surgery to repair a hernia in April, but he did not appear against Kikmanovic, who attempted to fight back only to be broken again at 2-2 after a lengthy run and backhand long slide.
Medvedev finished the match on his first point, firing a forehand into the field, past Kikmanovic. Then the winner of the match will be played between Frenchman Gilles Simon and Croatian Marin Cilic.
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