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Daniil Medvedev wins his Vienna debut, defeating Jason Jung in straight sets on Wednesday.

How Food & Strong Serving Helped Medvedev Make Strong Vienna Debut

Russian chasing his first title of the season

Daniil Medvedev made an impressive Erste Bank Open debut on Wednesday, cruising past lucky loser Jason Jung 6-3, 6-1 in 65 minutes to reach the second round.

"It was a great start, I think. The most important thing in the first round is to win," Medvedev said on court. "We always see tough matches in the first round, so really happy to be through and looking forward to the next matches."

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The fourth seed entered the match having lost four of his past five matches. But Medvedev didn't look short on confidence in Vienna, breaking Jung's serve four times and saving the five break points he faced to start well at the ATP 500. He added that he is certainly comfortable in Austria.

"It's great. The hotel is good, the food is amazing, maybe the best of the year. These small things make tennis players happy all the time," Medvedev said. "The most important is to play good on the tennis court, so the organisation is very good."

Medvedev, who won four ATP Tour titles last season — including his first two ATP Masters 1000 crowns — is pursuing his first trophy of 2020. He will next play #NextGenATP star Felix Auger-Aliassime or Vasek Pospisil.

There were virtually no hiccups for Medvedev in his victory against Jung. The World No. 6 faced a break point in the opening game of the second set, but he quickly wiped it out with a big first serve down the T that his opponent was unable to put back into play. In the next game, Medvedev earned the break with a tricky cross-court forehand passing shot at the end of a cat-and-mouse point.

Medvedev didn't look back from there. He won 82 per cent of his first-serve points in the second set and finished his triumph with a resounding smash.

In the same quarter of the draw, two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson reached the quarter-finals with a 7-5, 6-1 victory against Pablo Carreno Busta

The South African now leads their ATP Head2Head series 5-1. Carreno Busta began the week in 15th place in the FedEx ATP Battle For London.

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