In-form Medvedev tempers expectations at US Open

Daniil Medvedev (Getty Images)
Daniil Medvedev (Getty Images)

New York - Russian star Daniil Medvedev believes he still has a distance to go before he can be considered a genuine Grand Slam contender after sprinting into the second round of the US Open.

Fifth seed Medvedev required just 85 minutes to dispatch India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 on Monday and book a meeting with Bolivian outsider Hugo Dellien.

"I can't say I'm feeling amazing about my game but to win by that score in the first round is great," Medvedev said. "I hope I can continue to play well."

Medvedev cracked the top five for the first time following his triumph at this month's Cincinnati Masters, where he defeated Novak Djokovic en route to the title, improving on runner-up finishes at Montreal and Washington in the preceding weeks.

Tipped as a potential candidate to end the dominant run of Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at Grand Slams, Medvedev, who has yet to go beyond the last 16 at a major, was quick to cool expectations.

"I always try to stay at the same time a little bit away (from this talk), because I always say at this moment of my career I haven't even been in the quarters of a Slam yet," he said. 

"So that's the first step to make, and if I make this step, then I can talk about bigger goals and bigger achievements."

The 23-year-old Medvedev leads the ATP Tour with 45 wins this season and his six finals appearances are the most of any player.

"I think talking about my confidence inside of me, I would say I was already confident in the other Grand Slams," said Medvedev. 

"But talking about my confidence in my tennis game, of course it grew a lot just because, I mean, these last three weeks they were, without a doubt, the best in my career.

"Because even this year I still had my ups and downs in some tournaments, and these three weeks I basically didn't have any downs. I had only great matches." 

Medvedev particularly impressed during a semi-final win over Djokovic in Cincinnati, turning up the aggression mid-match to knock off the defending champion in three sets.

"It gives a lot of confidence to me that I'm able, as you said with Novak, for example, to change my game and the momentum and start to give him problems," said the Russian.

"Hopefully I can bring this confidence on the court, and as you say, hopefully for two weeks or more."

US Open results on Monday (x denotes seeding):

Men

First round

Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP) 6-4, 6-1, 6-4

Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG) bt Sam Querrey (USA) 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5

Denis Kudla (USA) bt Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7/5), 6-1

Dusan Lajovic (SRB x27) bt Steve Darcis (BEL) 7-5, 6-3, 6-3

Stan Wawrinka (SUI x23) bt Jannik Sinner (ITA) 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-3

Jeremy Chardy (FRA) bt Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-1, 6-4

Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) bt Laslo Djere (SRB) 6-2, 6-1, 7-5

Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) bt Zachary Svajda (USA) 3-6, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2

Reilly Opelka (USA) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x11) 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3

Dominik Koepfer (GER) bt Jaume Munar (ESP) 6-4, 7-6 (7/2), 5-7, 7-5

Jenson Brooksby (USA) bt Tomas Berdych (CZE) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO x17) bt Marton Fucsovics (HUN) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Feliciano Lopez (ESP) bt Taylor Fritz (USA x26) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) bt Marcos Giron (USA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4

Hugo Dellien (BOL) bt Kwon Soon-woo (KOR) 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 2-3 retired

Daniil Medvedev (RUS x5) bt Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) 6-4, 6-1, 6-2

Roger Federer (SUI x3) bt Sumit Nagal (IND) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) bt Elliot Benchetrit (FRA) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-0

Dan Evans (GBR) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

Lucas Pouille (FRA x25) bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) bt Guido Pella (ARG x19) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-3

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) bt Jiri Vesely (CZE) 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4

Gregoire Barrere (FRA) bt Cameron Norrie (GBR) 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 4-6, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/2)

David Goffin (BEL x15) bt Corentin Moutet (FRA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0

Borna Coric (CRO x12) bt Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) 7-6 (9/7), 6-3, 6-0

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6-1, 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 6-3

Pablo Cuevas (URU) bt Jack Sock (USA) 6-4, 7-5, 7-6 (7/5)

Kamil Majchrzak (POL) bt Nicolas Jarry (CHI) 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (8/6), 1-6, 6-4

Cristian Garin (CHI x31) bt Christopher Eubanks (USA) 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3

Alex de Minaur (AUS) bt Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (6/8), 7-5

Bradley Klahn (USA) bt Thiago Monteiro (BRA) 6-3, 6-2, 6-3

Kei Nishikori (JPN x7) bt Marco Trungelliti (ARG) 6-1, 4-1 retired

Women

First round

Elina Svitolina (UKR x5) bt Whitney Osuigwe (USA) 6-1, 7-5

Venus Williams (USA) bt Zheng Saisai (CHN) 6-1, 6-0

Rebecca Peterson (SWE) bt Monica Puig (PUR) 6-3, 6-3

Dayana Yastremska (UKR x32) bt Monica Niculescu (ROM) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2

Sofia Kenin (USA x20) bt Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 7-6 (7/4), 6-3

Laura Siegemund (GER) bt Magdalena Frech (POL) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4

Zhu Lin (CHN) bt Wang Xinyu (CHN) 6-3, 6-4

Madison Keys (USA x10) bt Misaki Doi (JPN) 7-5, 6-0

Johanna Konta (GBR x16) bt Daria Kasatkina (RUS) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2

Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) bt Priscilla Hon (AUS) 7-6 (7/4), 6-4

Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) bt Samantha Stosur (AUS) 6-1, 6-3

Zhang Shuai (CHN x33) bt Viktorija Golubic (SUI) 6-2, 6-1

Karolina Muchova (CZE) bt Elena Rybakina (KAZ) 6-4, 6-4

Ons Jabeur (TUN) bt Caroline Garcia (FRA x27) 7-6 (10/8), 6-2

Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) bt Jennifer Brady (USA) 6-1, 4-6, 6-0

Mariam Bolkvadze (GEO) bt Bernarda Pera (USA) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4

Karolina Pliskova (CZE x3) bt Tereza Martincova (CZE) 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/3)

Karolina Muchova (CZE) bt Elena Rybakina (KAZ) 6-4, 6-4

Serena Williams (USA x8) bt Maria Sharapova (RUS) 6-1, 6-1

Caty McNally (USA) bt Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 6-4, 6-1

Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE x29) bt Jana Cepelova (SVK) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3

Petra Martic (CRO x22) bt Tamara Zidansek (SLO) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1

Ana Bogdan (ROM) bt Harriet Dart (GBR) 6-3, 6-1

Iga Swiatek (POL) bt Ivana Jorovic (SRB) 6-0, 6-1

Anastasija Sevastova (LAT x12) bt Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 6-3, 6-3

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) bt Angelique Kerber (GER x14) 7-5, 0-6, 6-4

Fiona Ferro (FRA) bt Daria Gavrilova (AUS) 6-3, 6-4

Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) bt Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK) 6-4, 6-4

Wang Qiang (CHN x18) bt Caroline Dolehide (USA) 6-4, 6-4

Maria Sakkari (GRE x30) bt Camila Giorgi (ITA) 6-1, 6-0

Peng Shuai (CHN) bt Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 6-2, 7-6 (7/5)

Lauren Davis (USA) bt Johanna Larsson (SWE) 7-5, 6-2

Ashleigh Barty (AUS x2) bt Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2

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