Madrid Open: Kyle Edmund Beats Daniil Medvedev To Set Up Novak Djokovic Tie
British number one Kyle Edmund eased to victory over Russia’s Daniil Medvedev to set up a second-round tie with Novak Djokovic at the Madrid Open.
Edmund, 23, saved five break points in the first set as the match remained on serve at 4-4.
The world number 22 then reeled off eight straight games to win 6-4 6-0 in one hour 17 minutes.
He will likely enter the world top 20 should he beat 12-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic on Wednesday.
The Serbian former world number one, who has struggled since returning from elbow surgery, secured his first win against a top-20 opponent in almost a year by beating Kei Nishikori on Monday.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Canada’s Milos Raonic hit 30 winners and 12 aces to beat world number four Grigor Dimitrov 7-5 3-6 6-3 in just under two hours.
Raonic will face compatriot Denis Shapovalov in round three after the 19-year-old secured a 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-4 victory over France’s Benoit Paire.
World number six Juan Martin del Potro eased past Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur 6-3 6-3 to set up a third-round tie with Serbian qualifier Dusan Lajovic, who beat Richard Gasquet 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-1).
In round one, Spain’s 11th seed Roberto Bautista Agut beat American Jared Donaldson 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-4 and will next play Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber, who saw off Japan’s Yuichi Sugita 6-4 6-3.
Agut’s compatriots Fernando Verdasco and Albert Ramos Vinolas also moved into round two with victories over Paolo Lorenzi and Peter Gojowczyk respectively, but ninth seed Pablo Carreno Busta was defeated by Croatia’s Borna Coric.