Medvedev Records 200th Match Win, Beats Gasquet At US Open
Former finalist Daniil Medvedev completed the 200th match win of his career in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the US Open. The second-seeded Russian swept past 2013 semi-finalist Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 in just under two hours, but admitted he struggled physically in the third set.
“It was very humid today,” said Medvedev, in an on-court interview. “The score might seem easy, but we played for two hours. The first two sets were high-intensity. I was actually not that good physically also in the third [set], but it’s better when you're two sets up than two sets down when you struggle.”
Second seed Medvedev put pressure on Gasquet from the Frenchman’s first service game, but only secured the first break in the 10th game. The 35-year-old Gasquet didn’t give up, and had Medvedev at 15/40 when the Russian served for the second set at 5-3. The third set was one-way traffic, with Medvedev completing his milestone victory shortly before 1am local time with his 37th winner, a forehand down the line.
Medvedev, who struck 15 aces and won 36 of 41 first-service points, memorably rallied from two sets down versus Rafael Nadal before falling in five sets in the 2019 US Open final. Last year, he did not drop a set en route to the semi-finals (l. to Thiem).
He will next play Germany’s Dominik Koepfer, who was a 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victor over French qualifier Quentin Halys. Following his victory over Gasquet, Medvedev spoke about his 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(2) win over Koepfer in the 2019 US Open fourth round, “I remember it was a very tough match and all the stadium was for him. He played an unbelievable first set-and-a-half.”