Three more victories until he returns to the top: the Russian Daniil Medvedev has won his first match at the Miami Tennis Masters and is still in the race for the leadership of the world ranking.
Medvedev defeated two-time tournament winner Andy Murray (Great Britain) 6-4, 6-2. If he reaches the semifinals in Florida, he will replace Novak Djokovic in first place.
Medvedev (26) was eliminated early in Indian Wells, California and lost the lead in the standings to the Serbs after three weeks. As an unvaccinated person, Djokovic does not compete in the two US Masters tournaments. The 20-time Grand Slam winner and six-time Miami champion doesn’t return to the Tour until the European clay court season.
For his part, Taylor Fritz won the first match after his sensational victory in Indian Wells. The 24-year-old American, who beat record Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal (Spain) in the final last Sunday despite an ankle injury, had a lot of work to do against Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin. Fritz won 6:3, 5:7, 6:3 after more than two hours.
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