Medvedev Sees Off Draper to Continue Title Defense in Rome
Daniil Medvedev sets off title defense campaign with victory over Jack Draper (not pictured) in Rome, Italy. May 11, 2024. Photo courtesy: Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

Defending champion Daniil Medvedev edged World No. 40 Jack Draper in straight sets to progress to the third round at the Foro Italico on Saturday in Rome.

World No. 4 Daniil Medvedev opened strong his title defense, seeing off Briton Jack Draper with a 7-5, 6-4 victory after one hour and 47 minutes to reach the third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Saturday in Rome.

I am pretty happy with my level and looking forward,” he said after the contest.

Next, the second seed will meet Serbian Hamad Medjedovic, who beat 30th seed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-6(4), 6-4 earlier in the day at Foro Italico.

On Campo Centrale, the court that witnessed him capture his maiden clay court title at tour level last season, Medvedev made a solid start to his campaign.

The Moscow-born broke twice before serving for a tight first set at 5-4 when the British player kicked up a level, which earned him a clinical break in the 10th game to set the score even at 5-5.

Playing deep from the baseline, Medvedev quickly hit back and saw off a late challenge by the Briton, breaking to secure a second chance to serve for the set, which he accomplished, wrapping up 7-5 in 58 minutes.

The 22-year-old from Sutton came out on top to kick off the second set, adding pressure in the second game, which forced his opponent to save a break point and hold at 1-1.

However, the former world number one got the better of his adversary, who began to show signs of fatigue.

Then, the 20-time ATP titlist took control of the match, breaking twice to grab a 4-1 advantage, mastering his all-court coverage.

When all seemed said and done, the US Open champion was pushed harder by the Mexican Open semifinalist, who raised his level with nothing to lose.

As a result, Medvedev failed to serve for the match on his first attempt against Draper, who converted the break and held, narrowing the gap to 4-5.

Regardless, the World No. 4 would not miss his chance to achieve his 100th career win on the Masters 1000 level, prevailing 6-4 in 49 minutes.

Neither player delivered his best performance on serve, committing too many errors.

Moreover, Medvedev committed 18 unforced errors to Draper’s 30.

He is bidding to defend a title for the first time.

Cecilia demartini
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Cecilia is a writer and journalist, passionate about motorsport and tennis.Her articles are published in newspapers and international online publications.

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