FINALLY AT RG! World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev Pulls Off His First-Ever French Open Win in 2021

Published 05/31/2021, 10:09 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 Russia’s Danil Medvedev in action during his first round match against Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


It’s French Open time and World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev was up against Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik. It was their second meeting, and with the Russian player winning the first one in straight sets. In their match today, it was Medvedev who came out on top to win his first match at the Roland Garros ever; the Russian doesn’t just have a poor record on clay, he hadn’t won at a match at the French Open ever – until now, that is.

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After close to two hours, Medvedev won the match 6-3, 6-3, 7-5.  

Set 1: Daniil Medvedev begins on a positive note, claims the set

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The Russian player won the set 6-3. He was striking the ball well and engaged in long rallies. Daniil Medvedev served better than his opponent and applied pressure on Alexander Bublik’s service games

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 Russia’s Danil Medvedev in action during his first round match against Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

During the set, Medvedev hit six unforced errors, whereas Bublik hit 19, which dealt a blow to his chances of winning the set. Overall in the set, Daniil broke his opponent in three games. 

Set 2: Alexander Bublik can’t keep up with the Russian’s pace

In the second set, things played out similarly to the previous set. Daniil served with consistency and put pressure on his opponent. The Russian player served a couple of aces during this set and Bublik, on the other hand, served two double faults. 

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik in action during his first round match against Russia’s Danil Medvedev REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Medvedev registered 11 out of 16 first-serve points, which helped him get the upper hand in the set. On the other hand, Alexander was broken twice in the set, giving Daniil the advantage. After 37 minutes into the set, the Russian player served and sealed the set 6-3. 

Set 3: Daniil Medvedev wins the set after a sea-saw battle 

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Both players served with thorough concentration. In the eighth game, the Kazakhstani player broke Medvedev for the first time in the set. However, the Russian player regrouped himself and broke back in the very next game. Daniil upped the ante and broke Alexander in the 11th game of the third set. Eventually, he won the set 7-5.

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The Russian athlete will now play the winner of the match between Tommy Paul and Christopher O’Connell in the second round of the French Open 2021. This was Daniil Medvedev’s first win at Roland Garros and it will be interesting to see how he performs in the next match. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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