Second-seeded Daniil Medvedev advanced to the third round of the Madrid Open with a straight-sets victory over qualifier Andrea Vavassori. The Russian star, who is enjoying an outstanding season on hard courts with four titles already to his name, had a strong start on clay and was able to maintain control of the rallies throughout the match. Medvedev’s impressive form will make him a top challenger to defending champion Carlos Alcaraz in the next round.
Medvedev‘s opponent in the next round will be qualifier Alexander Shevchenko, who secured a dominant 6-1 6-1 victory over Jiri Lehecka. Shevchenko will be looking to cause an upset against the world number three, but Medvedev will be a formidable opponent. The Russian is currently 32-4 on the year and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Despite his impressive form, Medvedev remains respectful of his opponents and is taking nothing for granted. “I will try my best as always,” he said after his victory over Vavassori. “Today I felt very good on the court, and on the rallies, I was in control and that is very important on clay.” With Medvedev and Alcaraz both in top form, the next round promises to be a thrilling encounter between two of the sport’s brightest stars.