US Open: Daniil Medvedev sweeps Attila Balazs

Daniil Medvedev needed 74 minutes to make a winning start in New York

by Jovica Ilic
US Open: Daniil Medvedev sweeps Attila Balazs
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Former US Open champion Daniil Medvedev made an impressive start in New York. The 3rd seed toppled Attila Balazs 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 in an hour and 14 minutes at Arthur Ashe Stadium, storming over his opponent and preserving energy for the upcoming duels.

Daniil won 45 points more than Attila, dominating on serve and return and delivering one of his finest victories at Majors. The Russian dropped 14 points behind the initial shot, never facing a break point. Medvedev grabbed 65% of the return points, turning them into eight breaks from 14 opportunities.

Daniil fired 41 winners and 13 unforced errors, thundering from all cylinders and leaving the lower-ranked opponent behind. Balazs denied two break points in the encounter's first game before netting a volley on the third, experiencing an early setback.

Medvedev cemented the lead with a hold at love in game two after a service winner and produced another fine service game at 2-1 to remain in front.

Daniil Medvedev scored a dominant victory in the US Open first round.

Daniil secured another break in the fifth game with a winner at the net and forged a 5-1 advantage with a service winner a few minutes later.

Medvedev pushed strong on the return in the seventh game, landing a volley winner at the net and sealing the opener 6-1 in 26 minutes. Daniil continued at the same pace in set number two, painting a forehand winner and opening a 2-0 gap.

The Russian closed the third game with a winner at the net and held from 30-0 down in game five to move 4-1 ahead. Balazs netted a backhand in the sixth game, getting broken at love and allowing Medvedev to serve for the set at 5-1.

Daniil fired a forehand winner to wrap up the set in style, leading 6-1, 6-1 after 50 minutes and racing toward the finish line. The Russian secured a break at love at the start of the third set with a smash winner at the net, staying focused and crumbling his rival.

The Hungarian faced the ultimate challenge in the third game, facing four break points and surrendering on the last after the Russian's forehand down the line winner. Medvedev grabbed the fourth game with an ace and painted a forehand down the line winner in the next one to secure another break and move 5-0 ahead.

Daniil served for a bagel and the win in the sixth game and sealed the deal with a serve & volley combo that propelled him into the second round.

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