Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 4, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in motion throughout his third spherical match in opposition to Reilly Opelka of the U.S. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
June 4, 2021
PARIS (Reuters) -Clay was not an object of hate for Russian Daniil Medvedev as he stormed into the fourth spherical of the French Open with a commanding 6-4 6-2 6-4 win in opposition to towering American Reilly Opelka.
The rangy 25-year-old has reached two Grand Slam finals on hardcourts however has by no means hidden his dislike for purple grime, having by no means received a match on the claycourt Grand Slam in 4 earlier appearances earlier than this yr.
However Medvedev has appeared in his consolation zone at this yr’s match in Paris and hit 28 winners and dedicated simply 16 unforced errors in opposition to Opelka to remain on track to clinch the world primary rating.
The second-ranked Russian might topple Novak Djokovic from the highest of the standings if he reaches the ultimate in Paris and the Serbian doesn’t.
“Clay in Roland Garros feels nice this yr,” he advised reporters. “Particularly Wilson balls.
“Stated it from the start. I believe it’s going to remain until the tip of the match. As I mentioned after the primary spherical, now I do know to beat me, guys should play good.”
Opelka began strongly and took a 3-1 lead within the opening set however Medvedev then broke the two.11 metre tall American’s booming serve twice in a row as his opponent dedicated an array of unforced errors on the Suzanne Lenglen courtroom.
The Russian continued his dominance within the second set as Opelka, who made 36 unforced errors in whole, did not rein in his errors and received damaged twice extra.
Medvedev sealed the match with an early break within the third set and can subsequent meet twenty second seed Cristian Garin.
“It’s undoubtedly by no means a straightforward draw to play Reilly,” Medvedev mentioned. “After all, indoor laborious courts can be harder than outside clay courts.
“I believe a little bit bit wet situations, moist, heavy courtroom which I completely hate on clay, helped me immediately.”
(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Berhampore, India; modifying by Toby Davis and Pritha Sarkar)