Daniil Medvedev vs Arthur Rinderknech US Open 2022 Preview

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As top seed and current bookies favourite, Daniil Medvedev will be hoping to ease through his second round clash with Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech. Medvedev can lose his World No. 1 spot if he loses before the final but the Russian at least looks like he will ease through a few rounds before any doubts set in.

Rinderknech’s rise up the tour has not really happened in the traditional sense – going through college then doubles before finally making his breakthrough at singles level. Now easily a top 100 player, he has a game style that suits the faster surface – big serve and forehand – and has pulled off some good wins in the process. He beat Quentin Halys in four sets in round one, coming from a set down against his countryman.

Medvedev’s results since becoming No. 1 have been a little disappointing – with several winnable finals lost by the Russian. He did return to title winning form in a weaker Los Cabos but disappointed in the latter Masters matches against Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios. He crushed Stefan Kozlov in round one, beating the American 6-2 6-4 6-0 in just over two hours. “I was sweating a lot but I thought there were some good points. I managed to be pretty solid and I thought the serve was key today. I am happy to go through to the second round.”

In a best of three match, this looks like the kind of matchup that may catch Medvedev on a bad day. In best of five, the top seed will have far too much to be caught out by this type of player especially as the match goes on and fitness could play a part. A qualifier awaits the winner but all eyes will be on the possible round four with Nick Kyrgios, a player that has beaten Medvedev once already in August.

Prediction – Daniil Medvedev in straight sets

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