Medvedev Survives Medjedovic Scare to Keep Title Defense Alive in Rome
Daniil Medvedev playing at the Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. May, 2024. Photo courtesy: Internazionali BNL d’Italia/FITP.

Defending champion Daniil Medvedev fought back from a set down to beat Serbian Hamad Medjedovic, advancing to the fourth round at Foro Italico on Monday.

Second seed Daniil Medvedev extends his winning streak at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia to 8 matches as he survives a tough test posed by qualifier Hamad Medjedovic to reach the round of 16 in Rome for the second consecutive season.

The 28-year-old claimed a 7-6(5), 2-6, 7-5 triumph after two hours and 50 minutes.

In his on-court interview, he shared: “I felt like I started the match well, and then, in a way, it was only going downhill.”

My serve was not there; my shots were not aggressive enough when I needed to. Many times, I would like to play the rhythm I played, but I would also like, from time to time, to surprise my opponent with some good shots. Today, I was not able to do it.

Adding: “At one moment in the match, I thought what I was doing would not be enough to win. Tomorrow, I am going to try to find my best tennis.”

Next, he will square off against 14th seed Tommy Paul, who ousted German Dominik Koepfer in straight sets earlier on Monday.

An intriguing first meeting at tour level saw the reigning champion prevailing over the Serbian player, keeping alive his bid to defend a title for the first time in his career.

Medvedev broke to open the first set and held, earning a 2-0 advantage.

From there, the opener went with serves until two double faults hit by the Moscow-born earned the 2023 Next Gen ATP Finals winner a clinical break in the eight-game, drawing level at 4-4.

Extended baseline exchanges set the tone of the ninth game, which the World No. 4 took as Medjedovic double-faulted, breaking straight back in his fourth attempt to lead 5-4.

The battle intensified in the 10th game, resulting in the 20-time ATP titlist failing to serve out the set.

After setting level again, the 20-year-old Serbian inched ahead at 6-5.

Following a battle at deuce, the second seed held his nerve, saving a set point in the 12th game to send the first set to a tiebreak.

Ultimately, Medvedev edged a tight opener 7-6(5) over his opponent in 64 minutes.

He recorded just five winners to 13 unforced errors compared to the Novi Pazar native, 12 and 32, respectively.

An erratic start to the second set saw the former world number one fending off four break points to hold the early lead.

The lead, however, was short-lived as his adversary came out strong, converting the break in the third game to step ahead 2-1.

Despite committing three double faults, opening the door to two break-point chances Medjedovic missed, Medvedev held his ground, rallying through an edgy game to stay the course 2-3 on Campo Centrale.

Nonetheless, the player mentored by Viktor Troicki extended his lead by producing a double break in the seventh game. He would then serve for the set, closing out 6-2 in 49 minutes to even the score at one set apiece.

He won 85 percent of his first serve points and 83 percent on his second delivery.

Medvedev seemed to have found his rhythm in the decider, notably improving behind his first delivery, earning the break in the fourth game, moving on to a 4-1 lead.

For his part, Medjedovic found his way back into the match, putting to good use his powerful forehand.

A late challenge saw him surge to break serve in the seventh game and then even the score at 4-4.

They went toe-to-toe until Medvedev got the better of his rival, breaking to wrap up the third set 7-5 and the match.

He finished with 18 winners and 31 unforced errors to his opponent’s 41 winners and 66, respectively.

The former US Open champion leads Paul 3-0 in their series.

Cecilia demartini
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