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Daniil Medvedev in action against Laslo Djere on Thursday in Paris.

Medvedev Downs Djere At Roland Garros

Second seed next faces Kecmanovic

Daniil Medvedev continued to build momentum at Roland Garros on Thursday, overcoming Serbian Laslo Djere 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 to reach the third round in Paris.

The second seed missed the majority of the European clay-court swing due to a hernia procedure and lost in the first round in Geneva last week on his return to the ATP Tour. However, he has produced consistent and patient performances in his opening two matches in Paris, in what is his sixth appearance in the French capital.

The 26-year-old, who eliminated Facundo Bagnis in the first round, was resilient against Djere throughout their two-hour, 36-minute clash on Court Philippe Chatrier. Medvedev soaked up the World No. 56’s powerful forehand as he scampered around the baseline, while he turned the tables in points by standing deep in the court and taking large cuts at the ball.

“Today I think to be honest, Laslo was playing the better clay-court tennis,” Medvedev said in his on-court interview. “But I managed to fight and just put one more ball in the court than him and it was a very tough match, but I am happy to win.”

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Following his win, Medvedev has levelled his ATP Head2Head series with Djere at 1-1 and will next face Miomir Kecmanovic after the 28th seed defeated Alexander Bublik 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-1. The Serbian has earned a career-best 25 tour-level wins this season, highlighted by quarter-finals runs at ATP Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami.

Medvedev, who is still searching for his first title of the season, will return to No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings should he reach the final in Paris. However, not until 13 June, a week after the tournament ends, when ranking points from last year's edition of Roland Garros drop. Medvedev enjoyed a run to the quarter-finals at the second Grand Slam of the season in 2021.

The World No. 2 recovered from losing his serve in the first game of the match by rolling off five straight games from 0-2 to take control. Medvedev was content to soak up pressure with his flat groundstrokes and found first serves when it mattered, saving break points in the seventh and ninth games to move ahead.

Medvedev continued to find his range in the second set as he outlasted the Serbian in the longer exchanges, with Djere unable to capitalise on his chances. Medvedev then won a 16-minute game to break the 26-year-old at the start of the third set before he raced away to victory as he drew further errors from the Serbian, who started to tire.

“I tried to make him play more balls and he either makes a mistake or a winner and I was not confident [in the third set] as it is only one break and one break is nothing,” Medvedev said. “I just tried to focus and play every point.”

Djere, who defeated Ricardas Berankis in his opening match, was aiming to reach the third round at Roland Garros for the third time, having advanced to that stage in 2019 and 2021.

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