The defending champion made his debut. And it was successful. Daniil Medvedev (2nd) recovered from a tough start and beat Hubert Hurkacz (9th) 6-7 (5), 6-3 and 6-4 in an exciting duel that kept ESPN 2’s screen ablaze for two hours.
The first set did not understand breaks. Parity was the main characteristic, with a high-flying tennis court which entertained a stadium in Turin with around 7,000 people. But, of course, in the tie-breaker, the pulse was won by the Pole.
Anyway, the thing did not stop there. Medvedev took out his champion badge and reversed the match, to take an important victory in three sets that allows him to start the road to the defense of the title with one foot ahead of the rest.
In statistics, the No. 2 in the world was left with a victory in which he had 32 winners and 8 unforced errors. Even from the service he was solid, something that got him out of trouble on several occasions.
Each, the record was 2-1 in favor of Medvedev: Hubi he had won his first meeting at Wimbledon this year, while the 25-year-old managed to level in Toronto.
It should be noted that Russian and Polish make up the Red Group, together with Alexander Zverev (3rd) and Matteo Berrettini (7th), which will also make its premiere this Sunday.