US Open: Daniil Medvedev wins on return from Flushing Meadows

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Daniil Medvedev became the first player other than Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer or Andy Murray to top the men’s rankings for 18 years when he initially replaced Djokovic as world number one in February.
Venue: Flushing Meadows, NY Appointment: August 29-September 11
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Defending champion Daniil Medvedev got off to a winning start in his return to the US Open by recording a straight-sets win over American Stefan Kozlov.

The 26-year-old Russian world number one won 6-2 6-4 6-0 at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

He won his first Grand Slam title in New York last year beating Novak Djokovic, who was not allowed to travel to the United States because he was not vaccinated against Covid-19.

Medvedev will play the Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech in the second round.

There are four male players who could replace Medvedev as world number one after the US Open, including Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who is aiming for a 23rd major title.

Medvedev was banned from competing at Wimbledon this summer due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, although he remained the highest-ranked male player after the grass-court Grand Slam was stripped of his points. classification because of this decision.

Returning to action at a major tournament – despite not being allowed to compete under the Russian flag – Medvedev claimed victory in emphatic fashion as he closed out the game by winning eight straight matches.

Elsewhere in the masculine tableau, Andy Murray, British winner in 2012 defeated Argentina’s 24th seed Francisco Cerundolo 7-5 6-3 6-3.

Another seed to drop was Roberto Bautista Agut with the Spanish 16th seed beaten 6-4 6-4 6-4 by the American JJ Wolf.

2021 Wimbledon Italian Finalist Matteo Berretini recorded a comfortable 6-2 6-3 6-3 win over Chilean Nicolas Jarry.

Austria’s 2020 winner Dominic Thiem lost 7-5 6-1 5-7 6-3 to Spain Pablo Carreno Busta as he continues to seek his best form after a long layoff with a wrist injury.

Stan Wawrinka, the 2016 US Open champion, retired injured after losing the first two sets of his first round match 6-4 7-6 (9-7) to France. Corentin Mouet.

Canada’s sixth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime beat Switzerland’s Alexander Ritschard 6-3 6-4 3-6 6-3 to claim a relatively comfortable victory.

Wu Yibing became the first Chinese to win a singles match at a Grand Slam in 63 years with his 6-3 6-4 6-0 victory over Georgian world number 35 Nikoloz Basilashvili.

The previous Chinese to win a match in a major tournament was Fu Chi Mei at Wimbledon in 1959.

Wu, ranked 174th and making it through qualifying, is also the first Chinese to win a singles match at the US Open since Guy Cheng in 1935.

The Netherlands’ Tim van Rijthoven will face the Norwegian fifth seed Casper Ruud in the second round after saving seven match points in the third set against China’s Zhang Zhizhen before sealing an unlikely comeback victory, winning 3-6 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (11-9) 6 -1 6-4 .

Sebastien Korda – son of former world number two Petr Korda and brother of golf stars Jessica and Nelly – beat Argentine qualifier Facundo Bagnis 5-7 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 6-1.

Maxime Cressy, the 30th seeded American, withdrew from his match as he followed the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 5-1.

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