ATP Doha: Daniil Medvedev downs Liam Broady in straight sets

Daniil Medvedev is off to a winning start in Doha after conquering Rotterdam on Sunday

by Jovica Ilic
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ATP Doha: Daniil Medvedev downs Liam Broady in straight sets

Daniil Medvedev claimed his first title of the season in Rotterdam last week, beating Felix Auger-Aliassime in the final and returning into the top-10. Changing the continent and conditions, Daniil is off to a winning start in Doha following a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over a qualifier Liam Broady in an hour and 32 minutes.

It was their first match on the Tour, and Daniil claimed 16 points more to make the difference. The Russian saved three out of five break points and converted almost half of the return points into four breaks from six opportunities.

Nothing separated them in the most advanced exchanges with nine shots or more. Medvedev overpowered Broady in the shortest and mid-range rallies to seal the deal and advance into the last 16. A left-handed Briton made a strong start and grabbed a break in the encounter's opening game with a forehand down the line winner.

Daniil Medvedev defeated Liam Broady in Doha.

Broady squandered a game point at 1-0, and Medvedev forced his mistake to pull the break back and erase the deficit. The Briton fended off break points in the sixth game and held to level the score at 3-3 and remain on the positive side.

Daniil grabbed the seventh game with a service winner and pressured the rival's serve again in the next one. A left-hander missed a volley in the eighth game to experience a break and fall 5-3 behind. The Russian served for the set in game nine and got broken following the Briton's forehand winner, missing a chance to wrap up the opener.

Daniil stayed calm and fired a forehand down the line winner on the return in game ten for 6-4. With a boost on his side, former world no. 1 produced five comfortable holds in the second set and kept the pressure on the other side.

He held in games one and three and came from 40-15 down in the fourth to rattle off four straight points and secure a break after the rival's backhand error. The Russian held at 15 in game five to confirm the advantage and move closer to the finish line.

Medvedev delivered another fine hold in game seven for 5-2, and Broady came from 30-0 down in the next one to bring it home and prolong the battle. Daniil served for the victory at 5-3 and drew the opponent's mistake with a fine attack to seal the deal and move into the last eight.

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