Daniil Medvedev beat Stefan Kozlov in straight sets

US Open Daniil Medvedev: World number one Daniil Medvedev began his US Open title defense with a 6-2, 6-4 win over American Stefan Kozlov.

US Open Daniil Medvedev: World number one Daniil Medvedev opened the defense of his US Open title with a 6-2 6-4 6-0 win over American Stefan Kozlov at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday. The Russian had an inconsistent run-up to Flushing Meadows but returned to top form on the court where he won his first Grand Slam title a year ago, sending 10 aces across and neutralizing Kozlov’s serve. Follow InsideSport.IN for more updates

US Open Daniil Medvedev: Defending champion Daniil Medvedev beats Stefan Kozlov in straight sets to reach second round

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“The happiest to win first of all … not easy conditions,” said Medvedev, who repeatedly wrapped an ice towel around his neck to keep cool in the humid, 85-degree Fahrenheit (29.4 Celsius) conditions. “Serving was key today.” The pair broke early in the first set before Medvedev got his motor going, with Kozlov winning less than half of his first-serve points.

Kozlov was no match for Medvedev’s raw power in the second set. The American scraped his wrist and knee after diving to retrieve the ball, but Medvedev saw him break at love in the ninth game. He called on the coach to tend to the injury but Medvedev showed no mercy to his former junior rival as he raced through the final set like a bullet train in just 27 minutes to set up a meeting with Frenchman Arthur Rinderknecht in the second round.

“He’s always hard to beat, so I’m happy I found the right rhythm today,” Medvedev told reporters. “I think I wasn’t serving badly. My shot was never that bad. A few unforced errors here and there, but the third set in particular was the best set from me.”

While some struggle with the pressure of being the defending champion, Medvedev relishes the challenge. Nick Kyrgios, 26, lost his opening match at the Canadian Masters but reached the semifinals in Cincinnati earlier this month.

“I know I want to play well and if I don’t, I won’t care if I won it last year, I’ll just be disappointed that it didn’t work out my way this year,” he said. “I remember there were some crazy matches last year. I mean, they were all at a really high level from me. That’s what I want to continue this year.”

US Open Daniil Medvedev: Defending champion Daniil Medvedev beats Stefan Kozlov in straight sets to reach second round

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