The experienced Pablo Andujar (35) had too few options to derail the Russian Daniil Medvedev, semi-finalist last year, in the third round of the US Open this Friday. The memory of his good run in Geneva in May, where he eliminated Roger Federer in the second round to reach the semi-finals, was definitely history. Unperturbed on his faceoff (9 aces, 76% of points gained behind his first ball), solid from the baseline, the Russian was very comfortable against the Spaniard to win in three sets (6-0, 6-4, 6-3) in just under two hours.
As a symbol, the first set between the two men lasted only 21 minutes. Andujar (with 27% from first balls) only managed to register five points. A starving record that could not forgive to avoid the bubble (6-0). During the second, where the intensity in the rallies increased, the Spaniard did not give up, even thinking of finding a small flaw by multiplying the amortizations to forget his catastrophic statistics at the start of the match.
But the parade quickly proved insufficient. A break and a few unforced errors from his opponent were enough for the Russian who still had to defend his first two break points (winning serve, ace) when serving to win the round (6-4).
Hanging on, Medvedev raised his level in the third set against a brawling Andujar, who saved two 4-1 balls (double break) before hoping to pick up at 3-3, a hope dashed by a new service winner of No. 2 global. And in the end of the match which will eventually lose its intensity, the Spaniard will manage to snatch the service of his opponent … before lowering the flag in the next game (6-3).
After his easy matches against Gasquet and Koepfer, Medvedev only conceded twenty-two games in the first three rounds. He will arrive in good form in the second week, where Australian Popyrin or Briton Evans awaits him.