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Tennis-Medvedev overcomes slow start to reach French Open third round

Thursday, 2021-06-03 07:47:08
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Jun 2, 2021; Paris, France; Daniil Medvedev (RUS) in action during his match against Tommy Paul (USA) on day four of the French Open at Stade Roland Garros. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)
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World number two Daniil Medvedev overcame a slow start to beat unseeded American Tommy Paul 3-6 6-1 6-4 6-3 on Wednesday (June 2) and reach the third round of the French Open.

* Seventh seed Serena Williams was pushed the distance but beat Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3 5-7 6-1 to move into the third round where the 39-year-old goes up against fellow American Danielle Collins.

* Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Spain's Pedro Martinez 6-3 6-4 6-3 to move into the third round. Tsitsipas fired eight aces and 45 winners, converting eight of 18 break points.

* Japan's Kei Nishikori battled for four hours on Court Philippe-Chatrier before finally overcoming Russian 23rd seed Karen Khachanov 4-6 6-2 2-6 6-4 6-4. The Japanese will face Switzerland's Henri Laaksonen in round three.

* Victoria Azarenka, seeded 15th, came through in straight sets against Denmark's Clara Tauson. The Belarusian converted five of her 13 break-point opportunities to secure her place in the third round.

* Italy's Fabio Fognini, the 27th seed, edged a first-set tiebreak before seeing off Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 7-6(8) 6-1 6-2. American John Isner also reached the third round in straight sets, riding his booming serve to a 7-6(6) 6-1 7-6(5) victory over Serbia's Filip Krajinovic, dishing out 23 aces.

* A combination of youth and experience did not quite click in the women's doubles, with youngster Coco Gauff and her partner, 40-year-old Venus Williams, beaten 6-7(5) 6-4 6-4 by Ellen Perez and Zheng Saisai in the first round.

* Spanish 11th seed Roberto Bautista Agut was beaten 6-3 2-6 6-3 6-2 by unseeded Henri Laaksonen. The Swiss served well and won 10 points at the net, while also sending down 53 winners compared to Bautista Agut's 17.

* Argentina's Federico Delbonis beat Spaniard Pablo Andujar 4-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-2 in three hours and 23 minutes, hitting 54 winners, including 14 aces, on Court 13. Andujar stunned fourth seed Dominic Thiem in the first round, recovering from two sets down to beat the Austrian 4-6 5-7 6-3 6-4 6-4, but ran out of steam in his second five-setter at Roland Garros.

* Danish 15th seed Casper Ruud sent down 39 winners and won 81% of his first-serve points en route to defeating Poland's Kamil Majchrzak 6-3 6-2 6-4 on Court 7.

* Sixth seed Alexander Zverev of Germany negotiated two tiebreaks to beat Russian Roman Safiullin 7-6(4) 6-3 7-6(1). Zverev sent down 41 winners, including 15 aces, while also winning 80% of his first-serve points.

* Marketa Vondrousova, the 20th seed, ended local wild card Harmony Tan's run with a crushing 6-1 6-3 victory. The Czech cruised past Tan without dropping serve, winning 80per cent of her first-serve points.

* Defending singles champion Iga Swiatek and partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands dished out a bagel as they raced through their first-round doubles match, beating French duo Aubane Droguet and Selena Janicijevic 6-0 6-1.

* Swiss Belinda Bencic was knocked out after a 6-2 6-2 defeat by Russian Daria Kasatkina, who fired eight aces and 27 winners past the 10th seed to move into the third round for the first time since 2018. American Madison Brengle lost 6-4 6-1 to Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia, who converted five of six break points in a contest that lasted 65 minutes.

* Karim Benzema missed a penalty and hit the post but delivered a fine performance in his France comeback as the world champions beat 10-man Wales 3-0 in a Euro 2020 warm-up game on Wednesday.

* Teenage winger Bukayo Saka scored his first senior international goal for England on Wednesday as Gareth Southgate's side beat Austria 1-0 in a friendly warm-up for the Euro 2020 championship. England ended with 10 men after right back Trent Alexander-Arnold, a much-discussed inclusion in Southgate's final 26-man squad, appeared to pull a muscle two minutes from time and with nobody near him.

* Germany twice hit the woodwork and missed more chances before settling for a 1-1 draw in their Euro 2020 warmup match against Denmark on Wednesday. Florian Neuhaus opened the scoring for Germany early in the second half, but Yussuf Poulsen's leveller ensured the match finished all square.

* The possibility of Kevin De Bruyne competing for Belgium in the European Championship remains unclear as he recovers from facial fractures, coach Roberto Martinez said on Wednesday. The midfield talisman broke his nose and eye socket in a clash in the Champions League final last weekend but it would be days before Belgium were clear about his chances of competing, Martinez told reporters.

* Seven Scotland players have not travelled for Wednesday's international friendly match against the Netherlands as a precaution after midfielder John Fleck tested positive for COVID-19, Sky Sports has reported. The Scottish FA said on Tuesday that Fleck returned the positive test at the team's base camp in Spain and was self-isolating in line with Spanish government guidelines.

* Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg on Wednesday appointed former Dutch international Mark van Bommel as their new head coach. The 44-year-old signed a two-year contract and is succeeding Oliver Glasner, who left to join Eintracht Frankfurt after leading the Wolves to a fourth place finish and a spot in the Champions League next season.

* Barcelona announced the signing of Brazilian right back Emerson from Real Betis on Wednesday after exercising their option to buy back the player who they initially signed two and a half years ago. Barca signed Emerson, 22, from Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro in January 2019 in a deal the Catalan club described as a 'three way agreement' with Real Betis and Atletico.

* Australian Remy Gardner, son of 1987 500cc world champion Wayne, will move up to MotoGP next season, the Tech3 KTM team announced on Wednesday. The 23-year-old is leading the Moto2 championship for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team after six rounds and took his first win of the 2021 season at last weekend's Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.

* China's Olympic gold medallists Zhang Ning, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng have been inducted into the Badminton World Federation's Hall of Fame, the sport's governing body said on Wednesday.

* Former Australia captain Mark Milligan will retire at the end of the A-League season and move into coaching at Macarthur FC, the midfielder said on Wednesday. A member of Australia's squads at the last four World Cups, Milligan will join Ante Milicic's staff as an assistant next season, the Sydney club said.