Meanwhile, Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas did not take long to join Medvedev in the third round. After play was suspended due to rain on Saturday evening with the Greek leading Nuno Borges by a set and a break at 6-3, 4-3, the fifth seed won eight of 11 points on Sunday to wrap a 6-3, 6-3 triumph
Russia's Daniil Medvedev returns to Finland's Emil Ruusuvuori during their men's singles second round match at the Men's ATP Rome Open tennis tournament at Foro Italico in Rome. Pic/AFP
Daniil Medvedev arrived at this year's Internazionali BNL d'Italia with 76 ATP Masters 1000 match wins, but none of them had come in Rome. On Sunday, the 27-year-old added to his collection a win in the Eternal City by defeating Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland in the second round of the Italian Open.
Medvedev overcame Ruusuvuori 6-4, 6-2 to reach the third round at the clay-court event.
Medvedev, who got a bye in the first round, managed a potentially tricky opening match with a typically resilient display of baseline hitting. He redirected Ruusuvuori's powerful groundstrokes to great effect on Court Pietrangeli, where he broke the Finn's serve five times en route to an 88-minute triumph.
With his Tour-leading 32nd match win of the year, the third-seeded Medvedev improved to 10-0 in the opening rounds for 2023. After tasting victory on the Rome clay for the first time in four main-draw appearances, the five-time Masters 1000 champion will seek to maintain his momentum in a third-round clash against Bernabe Zapata Miralles.
Meanwhile, Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas did not take long to join Medvedev in the third round. After play was suspended due to rain on Saturday evening with the Greek leading Nuno Borges by a set and a break at 6-3, 4-3, the fifth seed won eight of 11 points on Sunday to wrap a 6-3, 6-3 triumph.
The fifth-seeded Tsitsipas reached his maiden Rome final in 2022 and now holds a 10-5 record in the Italian capital. A two-time Masters 1000 champion on clay after he triumphed in Monte-Carlo in 2021 and 2022, the 24-year-old will next take on home favourite Lorenzo Sonego as he chases his first ATP Tour title of the season.
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