Horns by Dimitrov, Ruud and Garín; Medvedev does not fail

Dimitrov retired in the third set after losing the first two to Popyrin. Ruud deflated against Van de Zandschulp and Garín against Laaksonen. Medvedev swept Koepfer.


After the surprising elimination of Pablo Carreño, after the Spaniard wasted four match points, the bombings continue to fall in the men's draw at the US Open. This Wednesday it was the turn of Grigor Dimitrov (18th), who unexpectedly stumbled against Alexei Popyrin (73rd). The Australian took revenge on the only precedent between the two, who won the Bulgarian this same season in the Melbourne tournament, by winning by a score of 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) and 4-0 after two hours and 21 minutes, at which point Dimitrov ended up retiring.

Popyrin, an intermittent but dangerous punch if he has the inspired day, offered Dimitrov little rhythm and hit direct aces (up to 12) in decisive moments. For his part, the Bulgarian dug his own grave with a huge amount of unforced errors (41) that are difficult to rectify. In the third round, Popyrin will face the winner of the duel between Giron and Evans.

Casper Ruud (8th) and Christian Garín (16th) also said goodbye. The two went flat after winning the first set. The Norwegian, who last year broke the second US Open hurdle, fell to the Dutch Van de Zandschulp, Carlos Taberner's executioner last Monday, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. And the Chilean, against the Swiss Laaksonen, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 and 6-4. He is still unable to reach the third round of the tournament.

Medvedev shows no weakness

Daniil Medvedev won again in three sets, this time over Dominik Koepfer, who took a considerable beating: 6-4, 6-1 and 6-2 in 1:48. The Russian only gave the German one break option that he took advantage of and accumulated 19 unforced errors, which gives an idea of the precision with which he competed. To the rest, it was devastating with seven breaks. He will face Pablo Andújar in the third round, which he has reached with him four years in a row, for the first time.

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