World No. 4 Daniil Medvedev was happy with the way he kicked off his campaign at the Australian Open on Tuesday. Medvedev, seeded at No. 4, handed a straight-set defeat to former world No. 25 Vasek Pospisil 6-2 6-2 6-4 to progress into the Australian Open second round.
Medvedev won four singles matches at the ATP Cup as he led Russia to winning the second edition of the event. "It was good in a way that we didn’t lose a match [at the ATP Cup], but on the other side, we played Sunday and had a lot of matches against Top 10 opponents,” Medvedev said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website.
“[I] didn’t know how it would be physically, so I’m happy that I managed to finish it fast and feeling good”.
Medvedev praised Pospisil
Medvedev broke Pospisil in the opening game of the match and then saved a break point in the following game to take a 2-0 lead.
Medvedev claimed his second break of the match in the fifth game and he served out for the opener in the eighth game. Pospisil served out the opening game of the second set but then dropped his serve in back-to-back games as Medvedev took a 5-1 lead, before serving out for the second set in the eighth game.
Pospisil performed much better in the third set as he didn't allow Medvedev a break point in his first four service games. But Medvedev broke Pospisil in the ninth game and then served out for the match in the following game.
“Vasek can play really good tennis,” Medvedev said. “He just told me after the match he wasn’t able to have the best preparation because of hard quarantine, and he also hurt his back for a few days... I was lucky in this way, but I knew I had to go out here and win this match, because it’s my job”.