Medvedev won the battle of the former first rackets. The Russian is trying to regain leadership in the rankings
At the Masters in Miami, Daniel knocked out three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray.
Russian Daniil Medvedev is trying to regain the lost leadership in the rankings at a prestigious tournament in Miami. In the opening match, he won the battle of the world’s first rackets and was stronger than Sir Andy Murray.
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At the major tennis tournament in Miami, which along with the same competition in Indian Wells is called the 5th unofficial “Helmet”, the seeded players entered the fight. And already on Friday the matches of the 2nd round for the participants of the lower half of the grid in the men’s singles took place. Alas, the main sensation of the day with a minus sign was presented by the 5th number of sowing Andrei Rublev. The Russian unexpectedly lost to Australian Nick Kyrios, who has recently been outside the top 100.
“I knew that Rublev was one of those players who preferred a smooth rhythm, so I tried to play exactly shortened. I just played aggressively, didn’t let him hit a lot. On this cover, you have to punish those who are not very good on the second serve. He doesn’t have a strong second serve, he plays quite short, and one of my strengths has always been the position on the court, so these are just the basic elements of tennis. That’s how I played at the junior level, that’s how I play now. I just turn on the aggression, I try to meet the ball earlier – and that’s it, “Kyrios explained his success.
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Apart from Rublev, the rackets from the bottom half of the net have already been covered by such seedlings as Riley Opelka (16), John Isner (20), Diego Schwartzman (13), Lorenzo Sonego (19) and Grigor Dimitrov (26). Before his match, Matteo Berrettini (4) also starred. There were no other Russian players in this part of the net, but in the top half of our guys there are three at once – Daniil Medvedev (1), Karen Khachanov (23) and Aslan Karatsev (29). They all joined the fight on Saturday.
At the recent Masters in Indian Wells, Dmitry Medvedev, who made his debut as the world’s number one racket, was extremely unsuccessful. Not only did the Russian suddenly drop out of the distance in the second match for himself, losing to French veteran Gael Monfis, Daniel also did not retain the lead in the world rankings. To do this, he had to go two laps further – to the quarterfinals. Now in Miami, Medvedev’s task is even more difficult – he needs to make it to the semifinals to remove Novak Djokovic from Serbia. Let’s clarify that at the “Masters” in Florida, Daniel only last year managed to reach the quarterfinals.
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But the road to the semifinals is very long. And to begin with, Daniel had to go through Sir Andy Murray himself. Of course, now the Briton is far from the times when he was the 1st racket in the world and won the “Helmets” and Olympic gold. Since then, Murray has undergone hip surgery and is gradually rising in the rankings, thanks in large part to numerous wildcards, and is returning to his former form.
Earlier, the tennis players met in Brisbane in 2019, and the victory was then celebrated by Medvedev – 7: 5, 6: 2. Andy, unlike Daniel, has already successfully started this tournament and lost in the 1st round in an hour and a half with Argentine Federico Delbonis – 7: 6, 6: 1.
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Roland Garros semifinalist in 1989, winner of two Masters tournaments Andrei Chesnokov shared his opinion on the eve of Medvedev’s match with the British: “Murray is always dangerous. Last year he played good matches: he beat Alcaras and Sinner. This year he was in the final, where he lost to Karatsev. Of course, the level is not when he was in the top ten. But Murray will have to beat just that. If Medvedev looks like he does in Indian Wells, there will be difficulties. The match will be difficult. If Danya plays without stupid mistakes, as he can, he will win. Although Andy will fight for every point, Medvedev will have to work hard. “
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The match took place in conditions of heat and high humidity. Daniel usually does not feel very well in such conditions, so he tried not to force events and play rationally, save energy. The Russian focused first of all on his serve and at the same time tried to catch the opponent on mistakes in other people’s games. The first chances were presented to Medvedev in the 3rd game. He grabbed someone else’s serve and took it to zero – 2: 1. In the 5th game, Daniel missed another opportunity, but in general confidently led the game to victory – 6: 4 in 46 minutes. The second set turned out to be even more short-lived. Daniel achieved a break only in the fifth game – 3: 2, but then did not give anything to the opponent until the very end – 6: 4, 6: 2 in 1 hour 30 minutes.
So Medvedev confidently won the battle of the world’s first rackets and went to the 3rd round of the prestigious “Masters” in Miami. There he will meet the winner of the pair Pedro Martinez-Portero – Christian Garin.