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Kyrgios advances at Rome Masters

Rome, May 14(Agencies) | Publish Date: 5/14/2019 11:13:52 AM IST

Nick Kyrgios has kickstarted his clay court campaign with an impressive three- set win over world No.14 Daniil Medvedev at the Rome Masters. Bounced out of Madrid in a first round loss last week, Kyrgios looked up against it for more significant time on the red dirt before the French Open when he was drawn to play the in-form Russian.

But the mercurial Australian showed moments of his genius in a 6-3 3-6 6-3 win over Medvedev who has a claycourt final and semi-final appearance to his name already this season.

Kyrgios’s very first serve of the match was delivered underarm - he ultimately won the point - and his unpredictability frustrated the Barcelona finalist.

More underarm serves and a liberal dosing of dropshots were the hallmarks of an impressive first set by the world No.36, Medvedev clearly struggling with his opponent’s tactics.

After receiving treatment on his back following the first set, Medvedev lifted and ultimately secured a break in the eighth game of the second following a loose few points from Kyrgios.

But Kyrgios quickly gained the ascendancy in the decider, breaking the Russian in his first service game.

Medvedev had two break points to get the match back on serve in the seventh game but was unable to capitalise, Kyrgios then spectacularly winning the contest with four consecutive aces.

While both players received code violations there appeared to be no particular beef between the pair despite a recent interview where Medvedev appeared to be a little critical of the Australian.

Medvedev had been reported by Eurosport as saying: “When he (Kyrgios) starts playing with worse opponents he starts showing knee pain. Because he does not want to show that, for him it’s difficult to play with that opponent. I think I do not have his attitude, but if I will have it, people will hate me more than Kyrgios.” Kyrgios will play Norwegian qualifier Casper Ruud in the second round, the Canberran looking for more ranking points to gain a top 32 seeding for Roland Garros.

Canadian Denis Shapovalov set up a clash with world number one Novak Djokovic when he beat Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets in his first round match.

The 20-year-old, who last year became the youngest player to reach the top 30 since 2005, put a four-match losing streak behind him as he beat the Spaniard 6-3 7-6(5).

France’s 15th seed Gael Monfils lost 6-3 6-1 to Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas, in 61 minutes.

Fernando Verdasco produced a remarkable comeback to beat Britain’s Kyle Edmund 4-6 6-4 6-2. After losing the first set and trailing 4-1 in the second, the Spaniard won 10 games out of the next 13 to claim the victory.

Also Italian Fabio Fognini continued his progress towards breaking into the world’s top 10 with a 6-3 6-4 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The 10th seed outmanoeuvred the Frenchman in baseline rallies to win in one hour and 23 minutes.

Meanwhile, Belgian David Goffin rallied from a set down to beat former French Open champion Stan Wawrinka in three sets and advance to the second round of the Italian Open on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old Goffin won through 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 in 1hr 55min against the three-time Grand Slam winner from Switzerland to set up a meeting with Argentine seventh seed Jual Martin Del Potro for a place in the third round.

Belgium’s David Goffin came from a set down against former French Open winner Stan Wawrinka.

 

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