Daniil Medvedev Advances to Italian Open Fourth Round

Daniil Medvedev defeats Hamad Medjedovic 7-6(7-5), 2-6, 7-5 to reach the Italian Open's fourth round. Medvedev, the defending champion, will face Tommy Paul in the next round despite struggling with his rhythm throughout the match.

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Daniil Medvedev Advances to Italian Open Fourth Round

Daniil Medvedev Advances to Italian Open Fourth Round

Defending champion Daniil Medvedev has secured a spot in the fourth round of the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome after defeating Hamad Medjedovic 7-6(7-5), 2-6, 7-5. Medvedev broke Medjedovic's serve twice in the third set to claim the hard-fought victory on Campo Centrale.

The match lasted 2 hours and 50 minutes and saw numerous momentum shifts and spectacular hitting from the 20-year-old Serb, Medjedovic. Medvedev, the highest ranked man left in the draw since Novak Djokovic's exit on Sunday, held on to win despite struggling to find his rhythm throughout the encounter.

In a post-match interview with the ATP, Medvedev expressed his relief at winning despite not playing his best tennis: "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... Today I was not able to do it. At one moment in the match, I thought what I was doing would not be enough to win the match. So I'm happy that even by playing not my best I could win. Tomorrow I'm going to try to find my best tennis."

Medvedev hit 10 double faults and 18 winners in the match, while Medjedovic struck an impressive 41 winners but also committed 66 unforced errors. With this win, Medvedev has now reached the last 16 at all five ATP Masters 1000 events this season, joining Alexander Zverev with this distinction.

Medvedev will face American 14th seed Tommy Paul in the fourth round on Tuesday. Other notable fourth round matches include Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Alex De Minaur and Taylor Fritz vs. Grigor Dimitrov. Hubert Hurkacz has also advanced, defeating Tomas Martin Etcheverry 7-6(7), 6-2 to reach the last 16.

Medvedev, the world No. 3, is seeking his second title in Rome and his fifth at the Masters 1000 level. The 27-year-old Russian triumphed at the Foro Italico last year, defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final. He has compiled a 29-6 record so far in the 2024 season.

Key Takeaways

  • Daniil Medvedev defeats Hamad Medjedovic 7-6(7-5), 2-6, 7-5 to reach Italian Open 4th round.
  • Medvedev struggles with rhythm, hits 10 double faults, but wins in 2 hours 50 minutes.
  • Medvedev reaches last 16 at all 5 ATP Masters 1000 events this season, joining Alexander Zverev.
  • Medvedev faces Tommy Paul in 4th round, seeking 2nd Rome title and 5th Masters 1000 title.
  • Medvedev has 29-6 record in 2024 season, aiming to defend Rome title won last year.