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Tennis-Fourth seed Medvedev sent packing by Fucsovics

The Russian's frustration boiled over at the end of the second set when, after losing a sensational rally to go down 3-6 in the tiebreak, he demolished his racket frame and was given a penalty point that handed the set to Fucsovics. To his credit, the 24-year-old Medvedev regained his composure to dominate the third set.

Reuters | Paris | Updated: 29-09-2020 03:17 IST | Created: 29-09-2020 03:16 IST
Tennis-Fourth seed Medvedev sent packing by Fucsovics
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Daniil Medvedev's miserable relationship with the French Open continued when the fourth seed was bundled out in the first round by Hungary's Marton Fucsovics late on Monday. With the time nearing midnight on a dank and near-deserted Court Suzanne Lenglen, Fucsovics completed a shock 6-4 7-6(3) 2-6 6-1 win in a match of brutal rallies and tetchy exchanges.

Medvedev, who has beaten Fucsovics in their previous three encounters, now has the unwanted statistic of losing in the first round at Roland Garros in four successive years. The Russian's frustration boiled over at the end of the second set when, after losing a sensational rally to go down 3-6 in the tiebreak, he demolished his racket frame and was given a penalty point that handed the set to Fucsovics.

To his credit, the 24-year-old Medvedev regained his composure to dominate the third set. But with the temperature dipping towards single digits and both players putting on extra layers of clothing to stay warm at changeovers, it was Fucsovics who was re-energized.

He quickly built up a commanding lead in the fourth set as Medvedev's resolve ebbed away and earned his first career victory over a top-10 player when the Russian netted.


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