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Medvedev's Underrated Weapons


World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev has delivered a first-rate Flushing Meadows performance through week one.

The 2019 US Open finalist dismissed Dan Evans 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 charging into US Open quarterfinals for the third straight year.

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Medvedev has not dropped a set through four tournament wins and is a massive favorite vs. Dutch qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp in the quarterfinals.

While Medvedev's flat strikes and tactical acumen are obvious assets, Evans cites two underrated weapons in the Russian's game key to his success.

Medvedev's ability to hold serve quickly puts pressure on opponents and his quickness moving into the court from his customary deep return position behind the baseline is unsettling, Evans said.

"I will tell you it looks very unorthodox, but he's hitting the ball pretty big, very close to the lines, great serve," Evans said after bowing to Medvedev in their first career meeting. "I think the serve for me is the thing I think is a bit underrated. He goes through his service games very quickly.

"I mean, everyone knows how well he moves. But I think his serve and how he goes from deep to up the court so quick is another very, yeah, difficult thing to see on television until you play him."

Photo credit: Pete Staples/USTA/US Open

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