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Daniil Medvedev, Karolina Pliskova Ease into third Spherical, Muguruza Upset

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US Open champion Daniil Medvedev made a clean return to ATP motion Saturday, downing American Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 6-2 to succeed in the third spherical at Indian Wells. The second-ranked Russian — the highest males’s seed within the mixed WTA and ATP Masters onerous court docket match — performed his first ATP match since capturing his maiden Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows — the place he denied Novak Djokovic a uncommon calendar Grand Slam sweep. Since then, Medvedev helped Crew Europe beat Crew World on the Laver Cup, and stored issues rolling with a convincing win over 57th-ranked McDonald.

Medvedev didn’t face a break level, and transformed three of his seven break possibilities towards the American to wrap issues up in 72 minutes.

“I’m really actually happy, as a result of often I haven’t performed nicely in Indian Wells and I haven’t been taking part in that nicely in practices earlier than (the match),” stated Medvedev, who was 3-3 in prior appearances within the California desert.

“Actually proud of my efficiency,” he added. “That’s crucial regardless of how I performed earlier than the match.

“Mackenzie is a extremely robust opponent, he can put stress on all people,” Medvedev stated. “I’m blissful to be by way of fairly quick.”

Girls’s prime seed Karolina Pliskova additionally eased into the third spherical as fifth-seeded Garbine Muguruza was toppled by Ajla Tomljanovic.

Pliskova, ranked third on this planet, wanted 80 minutes to get previous 23-year-old Polish qualifier Magdalena Frech 7-5, 6-2.

Pliskova fired six aces to take her WTA-leading tally to 387 for the season, changing 5 of six break possibilities towards Frech.

It was the 106th-ranked Frech who grabbed the primary break of the match, taking a 4-3 lead within the opening set.

However Pliskova promptly broke again and main 6-5 the Czech gave herself a set level with a backhand winner earlier than Frech fired into the web.

Pliskova powered to a 5-1 lead within the second set and, after dropping her serve whereas serving for the match, broke Frech for the fifth time within the match to assert the win.

Spain’s Muguruza, in the meantime, was bundled out 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 by Australia’s Tomljanovic, who reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final at Wimbledon earlier this 12 months.

Muguruza appeared to have turned issues round when she pocketed the second set to degree the match — aided by an increase in errors from the Aussie.

However Tomljanovic regrouped, breaking Muguruza within the opening sport of the third.

Muguruza pulled the break again to knot the set at 3-3 solely to drop her serve once more and Tomljanovic completed it off with a ultimate service break.

In different early girls’s second-round matches, Ons Jabeur edged Anastasija Sevastova 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 to succeed in the third spherical.

The evening session noticed Canadian Bianca Andreescu launch her protection of the title she received in 2019 — the latest version of the match — as she took on American Alison Riske within the second spherical.

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