Medvedev Back To Winning Ways In St. Petersburg
Medvedev, playing his first match since pushing Rafael Nadal to five sets in the US Open final on 8 September, won 45 per cent of his return points to improve to 2-0 against the 29-year-old Donskoy in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.
The top-seeded Russian won 20 of his 23 matches during the North American hard-court swing, making four consecutive finals in Washington, D.C., Montreal, Cincinnati and New York. He reached his first major final in Flushing Meadows, and in the process, qualified for his debut Nitto ATP Finals. The season-ending championships will be held 10-17 November at The O2 in London.
In St. Petersburg, Medvedev will next meet fifth-seeded countryman Andrey Rublev, who ran away with his second-round match against Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-1. Medvedev and Rublev, who both played at the 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, met earlier this year at the Western & Southern Open, an ATP Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati. Medvedev won 6-2, 6-3 en route to his maiden Masters 1000 title.