US Open champion Daniel Medvedev made a smooth comeback in ATP action on Saturday, beating American Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the third round in Indian Wells.
Second-seeded Russian-joint WTA and top men’s seed in the ATP Masters Hard Court Tournament – played his first ATP match after winning his first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows – where he defeated Novak Djokovic Sweep the rare calendar Grand Slam
Since then, Medvedev has helped Team Europe beat Team World in the Liver Cup, and has kept things moving with a convincing victory over 57th-ranked McDonald.
Medvedev did not face a break point, and he turned three of his seven break chances against the United States into things in 72 minutes.
“I’m really happy, because in general I didn’t play well in Indian Wells and I wasn’t playing so well in (tournament) practice before that,” said Medvedev, who was 3-3 before that. California Desert
“Mackenzie is a really strong opponent, he can put pressure on everyone,” he added. “I’m glad it’s going so fast.”
Medvedev met Philipp Krajinovic of Serbia in the third round, who defeated Marcos Geron of the United States 7-6 (7/2), 7-5.
Russian fourth seed Andre Rubio also defeated Carlos Tebner of Spain 6-3, 6-4.
Women’s top seed Carolina Pliskova advanced to the third round after fifth-seeded Garbine Muguroza was defeated by Ajla Tomlanovich.
Pliskova, ranked third in the world, needed 80 minutes to beat 23-year-old Polish qualifier Magdalena Freich 7-5, 6-2.
Pliskova fired six aces to take her WTA lead to 387 for the season, which changed five of six break opportunities against Freich.
It was the 106th-ranked Frenchman who took the first break of the match and took a 4-3 lead in the opening set.
But Pliskova quickly backed away, taking a 6-5 lead, giving the Czechs a set point with the backhand winner before the Frenchman fired into the net.
Pliskova took a 5-1 lead in the second set and claimed the victory for the fifth time after leaving the service while serving in the match.
Meanwhile, Spain’s Muguroza was defeated by Australia’s Tomlanovic 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, who reached their first Grand Slam quarter-final at Wimbledon earlier this year.
With the help of Australia increasing the number of errors, Michuroza pocketed the second set to level the match.
But Tomlanovich regrouped, breaking Muguroza in the opening game of the third.
Muguroza pulled the lead back and lost the set 3-3, only to give up his serve again, and Tomlanovic ended it with a final service break.
Bianca Andersko begins defending her title, which she won in 2019 – the most recent edition of the tournament – with a hard-fought 7-6 (7/2), 5-7, 6-2 victory over American Allison Riske. ۔
“It’s great to be back here,” Andersenko told the crowd returning to the site of his successful WTA win, which launched him into a fantastic 2019 season, including a US Open victory.
“I felt all the emotion of coming to this court again,” added the Canadian, who has been battling injuries since her breakout campaign.
In other women’s matches, French Open champion Barbora Karjikova, the third seed, defeated Kazakh qualifier Zarina Dias 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.