French Open: Russian second seed Daniil Medvedev was nothing less than spectacular against the 32nd seed Reilly Opelka. Medvedev defeated the American 6-4 6-2 6-4 to make it into the fourth round of the French Open.
Medvedev has had a rather tough time at the claycourt Grand Slam in four previous appearances before this year. He broke the towering American’s booming serve two times in the opening set. A rather shaken Opelka ended up committing an array of unforced errors.
The 25-year-old Russian continued his dominance in the second set as Opelka failed to rein in his errors and got broken twice more.
“Clay in Roland Garros feels great this year,” said the 25-year-old. “Especially Wilson balls. I said it from the beginning. I think it’s going to stay until the end of the tournament.
“Now I know to beat me, guys have to play good. This is always possible. It’s better to feel like this than when you know you can lose to yourself just playing bad.
I am definitely happy with my game and my return today because I actually hit more aces than him. That’s a great achievement.
Medvedev then sealed the match with an early break in the third set and will next meet 22nd seed Cristian Garin.