Russian Daniil Medvedev made quick work of second-round opponent Dominik Koepfer to win 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 on Wednesday, soaking up the cheers of the U.S. Open crowd to keep alive his bid for a maiden Grand Slam title.
The world number two broke his German opponent’s serve to kick off the match, but Koepfer levelled with a break in the seventh game, helped by one of two Medvedev double faults in the opening set.
It was one of a rare few moments of vulnerability for the 25-year-old, who kicked into high gear in the second set, hitting 10 winners in clinical performance with just five unforced errors.
Medvedev won all but one of his first-serve points in the third set and struck five aces past Koepfer, closing out victory in one hour and 48 minutes.
“I’m really happy to be through in less than two hours,” Medvedev said. “I try to take every match as a new challenge — the more I win throughout my career…, the better I will feel.”
The pair played under Arthur Ashe Stadium’s retractable roof, closed due to inclement weather, two years after Medvedev defeated Koepfer in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows in four sets.
“It was a great match from my side. I’m really happy,” said Medvedev, who lost to world number one Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final earlier this year.
“I had to stay super consistent. I knew it from the beginning of the match because two years ago when I played him, it was a tight one.”
The performance was encouraging for Cincinnati semifinalist Medvedev, who picked up his fourth Masters 1000 title last month in Toronto. He faces Spain’s Pablo Andujar in the third round.
In other results:
Qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp sent Norwegian eighth seed Casper Ruud packing 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round of the U.S. Open.
The U.S. Open second round match between Diego Schwartzman and Kevin Anderson was suspended as the retractable roof on Louis Armstrong Stadium was unable to keep out rain being blown in sideways by strong winds.