Roland Garros

Medvedev advances to 3R after Kecmanovic retires

The fifth seed will now face Machac

May 30, 2024


Daniil Medvedev passed the second round of Roland Garros 2024.
By Staff

Daniil Medvedev continued ahead this Thursday at Roland Garros, after Miomir Kecmanovic was forced to retire in the second set. Medvedev dominated against the Serbian 6-1, 5-0, when at 55 minutes the game was stopped on the Suzanne-Lenglen court.

The fifth seed thus advanced to the third round in Paris. Until the moment of Kecmanovic’s retirement, he was completing an impeccable match in which he had only recorded six unforced errors, dominating the points from the baseline and wearing down his rival.

With this victory, Medvedev improved his Lexus ATP Head2Head record to 4-0 against Kecmanovic. In addition, the fourth seed, who has a record of 9-7 in the Grand Slam on clay, leaves his balance of wins and losses on the surface this year at 8-3, with his best result being the quarterfinals he made in the ATP Masters 1000 in Madrid.

His next opponent will be the Czech Tomas Machac, who has just defeated the Argentine Mariano Navone with sets of 6-2, 6-1, 3-6, 1-6, 6-1. The No. 34 in the PIF ATP Rankings thus achieves his second qualification to the third round, after making his debut in this instance at the 2024 Australian Open.

He will now look to match his Lexus ATP HeadToHead with Medvedev, who leads him 1-0 since prevailing at Indian Wells 2022.

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In other results of the day, the eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz also advanced this Thursday, after signing a victory against Brandon Nakashima 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (5) after three hours and fifteen minutes of play to reach at least the third round in Paris for the third consecutive year.

The Pole, who became his country’s first champion in a clay tournament in 42 years in Estoril, will now face Denis Shapovalov, who beat Frances Tiafoe 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6- 2, 6-4. The Canadian, who scored 21 aces this Thursday, continues trying to regain his best level.

For his part, another seed like No. 10 Grigor Dimitrov also found no problems advancing to the third round in Paris. In this case, the Bulgarian defeated Fabian Marozsan 6-0, 6-3, 6-4.

The meeting was affected by rain that forced the development of the day – which had started at 11:00 am (local time) – to be interrupted an hour later. Then, Dimitrov led 6-0, 5-3. In the resumption, the No. 10 of the PIF ATP Rankings did not fail, despite the fact that the differences narrowed.

In the third round of Roland Garros for the eighth time in his career, he will now try to add his 20th victory in Paris (he has a record of 19-13) against Zizou Bergs, who beat Maximilian Marterer 3-6, 6-3 , 6-1, 6-3.


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