The World no.2 Daniil Medvedev was delighted after he didn’t have to break a sweat in his Round 2 match against Germany’s Dominik Koepfer. The Russian convincingly won in straight sets by 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 and wrapped up the match inside two hours to advance to the third round.
Interestingly, Medvedev had beaten Koepfer in the Fourth Round of the US Open in 2019 in four sets, when he had gone to make the finals but lost to Rafael Nadal.
The World no.2 seed admitted that it was a completely different match to 2019.
“Completely different match [compared to] two years ago,” Medvedev began by saying after the win. “Hopefully [it’s] gonna be the same story, or even better [than] after I beat him last time.
“But, great level from me. There were a few tight moments in the match, which I managed to…play well. “And I think at one moment that’s why his level dropped a little bit. So, I took advantage of it and I’m really happy to be through in less than two hours.”
Medvedev has been in good form in the ongoing tour as he recently won the National Bank Open in Canada. The Russian has a 42-10 record, including an impressive 30-5 on hard courts, which is his forte. The 2019 US Open runners-up added he tries to win at any cost and be himself on the court.
“I just try to win,” Medvedev continued. “That’s what I’ve been trying since I was young, sometimes it works sometimes no. “But, what I’m trying to do is just be myself. Sometimes in the bad moments, as some people can remember, sometimes in the good ones. I just try to be myself and then I let people decide [for themselves].”
Medvedev will face Pablo Andujar in the third round of the US Open.