ATP US Open: Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev send message to Novak Djokovic

Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev played in the US Open final in the previous two years, losing them to Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal after a titanic battle. In the next two weeks, the German and the Russian are among the top favorites in New York, passing the first obstacle and hoping to challenge Novak Djokovic in their quest towards the first Major crown. Alexander and Daniil are safely through to the second round, while Djokovic faces the young Dane Holger Rune in the first round later on Tuesday. Zverev claimed the Tokyo Olympic gold medal and won the fifth Masters 1000 crown in Cincinnati to gather a boost ahead of the season’s last Major where he had everything in his hands 12 months ago against Thiem in the title clash. Alexander faced a formidable rival in the opening round on Tuesday and made a promising start following a 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 victory over Sam Querrey.

Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev are through to the US Open R2.

The German sealed the deal in an hour and 40 minutes, dropping only 14 points on serve and converting four out of ten break chances to control the scoreboard and move into the next round. With 40 winners and 15 unforced errors on his tally, Alexander controlled the pace and played better when it mattered the most to cross the finish line first, mainly thanks to late breaks in sets one and two. In the opening set’s first eight games, Sam stayed in touch before landing a forehand wide for a break at love and a 5-4 deficit. Alexander needed no second invitation to seal the set, blasting an ace in the next game and taking 12 of the last 15 points for 6-4.

Zverev lost only six points behind the initial shot in the second set and patiently waited for an opportunity on the return. It came at 5-5 when Querrey hit a double fault to lose serve at 15, allowing his opponent to secure the set with an ace down the T line a few minutes later. Serving the best for last, Alexander dropped one point in his games in the third set and produced back-to-back breaks in games three and five before moving over the top with a hold at love at 5-2. Daniil Medvedev ousted Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 in just under two hours on Monday. The Russian never lost serve, and he broke the Frenchman five times to control the pace and sail into the second round.