The defending US Open champion Daniil Medvedev is safely into the fourth round. The Russian ousted former junior US Open winner Yibing Wu 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in an hour and 55 minutes to move into the last 32 and set Nick Kyrgios clash.
Medvedev fired 12 aces and made the difference with his first serve. He saved eight out of nine break points and kept the pressure on the youngster. Wu dropped half of the points behind the initial shot and got broken six times from 12 opportunities offered to the Russian to end his run in the third round.
Both players served well in the opening four games, and Yibing fended off a break chance at 2-2 to remain on the positive side.
Daniil Medvedev will battle Nick Kyrgios in the US Open fourth round.
The Russian broke at love at 3-3 to build the advantage before facing three break points in the next one.
The Chinese dictated the rally with his forehand on the third to pull the break back and level the score at 4-4. Daniil stayed focused and grabbed another break after an extended rally in game nine to move 5-4 ahead and serve for the opener.
Wu earned a break chance, and Medvedev defended it with a powerful serve. Daniil saved the second break point and fired a powerful serve on the third to bring another deuce. The Russian converted the first set point to take the opener 6-4 in 45 minutes.
World no. 1 served well in the second set and kept the pressure on the other side. Yibing squandered his chances at the start of the second set and got broken after Daniil’s forehand winner. The Russian earned another break in game three and held at love in the next one to forge a 4-0 advantage.
Medvedev saved break points in game six and served for the set at 5-2. Yibing squandered a break chance after an extended rally and fell two sets to love behind following Daniil’s ace. The Russian grabbed an early break in the third set and forced the rival’s backhand mistake to forge a 4-1 lead.
Medvedev moved 5-1 in front with a service winner, and Wu served to stay in the match in game eight. The Chinese held at 15 to prolong the duel before the Russian sealed the deal with a service winner in game eight.