Gorgeous Daniil Medvedev vs. Mackenzie McDonald in Indian Wells | ATP circuit

Daniil Medvedev arrived at Indian Wells 3-3 at the BNP Paribas Open. But on Saturday night, the Russian star solidified his status as the tournament favorite with a resounding 6-4, 6-2 victory over American Mackenzie McDonald to reach the third round.

“I’m actually very happy because I haven’t usually played well at Indian Wells and I haven’t played well in practice before. [the tournament]”Medvedev said during his interview on the pitch.”[I am] really happy with my performance. It is the most important [thing] no matter how I played before the tournament.

The recent US Open champion has been in dominant form lately, winning 17 of his last 18 games and 38 of his last 41 sets. Medvedev will then face the American Marcos Giron or the Serbian Filip Krajinovic.

The seed displayed his wide range of skills in front of the evening crowd inside Stadium 1, from solid defense to producing breathtaking winners. He didn’t face a breaking point against the world No.57 and broke McDonald’s serve three times to triumph in one hour and 13 minutes.

“Mackenzie is a really strong opponent, he can put pressure on anyone,” Medvedev said. “I’m glad I was done quickly enough.”

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Medvedev doesn’t just win, he does it convincingly. Of the last 38 sets he won, the Russian has only been extended 6-4 on four occasions. He will then attempt to cross for the first time the third round of this event.

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The world number 2 now leads McDonald’s 5-0 in its ATP Head2Head series and 11-0 in sets.

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