ATP US Open: Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas remain on Novak Djokovic’s trail

The 2nd seed Daniil Medvedev is safely through to the US Open third round following a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Dominik Koepfer in an hour and 48 minutes. It was another reliable performance from the 2019 finalist, getting broken once and taking half of the return points for seven breaks from 17 opportunities. A left-hander suffered a break already in the opening game when his forehand found the net before pulling it back at 2-3 when Medvedev played a terrible service game to get broken at love. Staying calm, Daniil grabbed another break in game seven and sealed the opener with a forehand winner at 5-4. Like in the opener, Dominic experienced a break at the beginning of the second set and dropped the last four games to find himself 6-4, 6-1 down after 75 minutes. The favorite produced four commanding holds in the third set and broke at 15 in game two to forge the advantage. Serving at 2-5, Koepfer gave serve away for the seventh time to propel the better-ranked rival into the last 32.

Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas are through to the US Open R3.

Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first player with 50 ATP wins in 2021 thanks to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 6-0 triumph over Adrian Mannarino in two hours and 41 minutes. Stefanos played well under the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof, blasting 27 aces and never losing serve. On the other hand, the young Greek converted five out of seven break opportunities and bounced back stronger following the third set setback to advance into the third round. Stefanos took another extended toilet break after the third set and delivered a bagel in the rest of the clash to heat that story once again. Tsitsipas was off to a great start, finding his serve and groundstrokes right from the opening game and earning a break with an incredible return in game two for an early advantage. Doing everything right behind the initial shot, the Greek closed the opener with a service winner at 5-3 after 29 minutes, hoping for more in the rest of the clash.

Mannarino could not do much on the return in the second set either, and he had to chase the result when his forehand finished in the net at 1-1. Needing no second invitation, Tsitsipas clinched the set with another fine hold at 5-4 and moved closer to the finish line. Both players survived shaky service games at the beginning of the third set and served well after that to force a tie break. With no room for mistakes, Adrian claimed it 7-4 to extend the clash before Stefanos took that extended toilet break of eight minutes. Changing his clothes, the Greek started all over in the fourth set and stormed over his opponent to deliver his third bagel at Majors and sail into the third round.