WATCH: Medvedev improvises brilliantly on way to win over Opelka at French Open
Daniil Medvedev used his tactical arsenal well to dispatch the American with the whopping serve and advance to the French Open fourth round.
The world No. 2 continued his run of positive results at the French Open by overcoming Reilly Opelka in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in barely an hour and 40 minutes on-court.
Prior to this year’s event, the Russian had no wins at the clay Slam in his career, but has now won three on the bounce.
It’s a big turn of fortune for Medvedev on clay, winning three matches consecutively on the surface for the first time since making the semi-finals of Barcelona back in April 2019.
It is a feat he has achieved just twice on tour since turning pro in 2014.
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 4, 2021
Despite facing the 6’11” American, who is notorious for his enormous serve, Medvedev actually outserved Opelka quite handily.
He hit twice as many aces, 10 to 5, and won 88% of points behind his first serve, losing just 5 of 40 points, while Opelka managed just 62%, measly compared to his usual prowess.
Daniil Medvedev will next face Chilean clay specialist Cristian Garin in the fourth round.
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