Daniil Medvedev managed to carry on his match against Alexey Popyrin despite the cramps he suffered in the third set. “It is one of the sweetest victories of my career,” he told a news conference.
The Russian’s problems began in the second set and at the break between that set and the third, for which he had to request the presence of the physio and thus continue playing. “The only thing I was thinking about was not falling, because if I fell, I didn’t think I would get up again. There were several moments when I wanted to lay down and say ‘okay, it’s over’. Then I knew that I could not accept it. In the end it was that I could hardly walk, my legs did not follow me. He couldn’t bend or straighten them, he had to maintain the same posture, and he couldn’t take a step of more than 10 centimeters. “
But like any tournament the activity does not stop and Frances Tiafoe awaits him for the second round. The local can be a rival to fear if it manages to straighten the course of that angled right. The game is expected at 3:30 pm on the central court and can be seen on ESPN2.
A while later it will be Diego Schwartzman’s turn against Sebastian Korda, Lorenzo Sonego vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas and, closing the day, Andrey Rublev against the experienced Marin Cilic.