Medvedev, Rublev, Tsitsipas advance

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Daniil Medvedev's bid for an elusive first grand-slam title continues to gain momentum as he brushed aside Dominik Koepfer to reach the third round of the US Open.

The second seed, who was a finalist at Flushing Meadows in 2019, steamrolled his way to a 6-4 6-1 6-2 triumph inside two hours and soaked up the cheers from the crowd.

Medvedev, who went from villain to crowd favourite two years ago, won all but one of his first-serve points in the third set and struck five aces past Koepfer.

"I'm really happy to be through in less than two hours," Medvedev said.

"I try to take every match as a new challenge - the more I win throughout my career... the better I will feel."

The pair played under Arthur Ashe Stadium's retractable roof, which was closed due to inclement weather, two years after Medvedev defeated Koepfer in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows in four sets.

"It was a great level from me - there were a few tight moments in the match that I managed to hold well, and I'm really happy to be through in less than two hours," Medvedev, who now meets Pablo Andujar of Spain, said.

Another Russian, fifth-seeded Andrey Rublev also advanced, in four sets against Spain's Pedro Martinez 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 6-1.

Third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas courted controversy and earned boos from the crowd when he took an extended mid-match break for a second consecutive match while beating Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-4 6-7 (7-4) 6-0.

He took an eight-minute toilet break after dropping a set, two days after his first-round opponent Andy Murray said he'd lost respect for the Greek star following a similar lengthy break in their clash.

Tsitsipas insisted he had done nothing outside the rules and suggested those who booed don't understand how difficult it is to play tennis at the top level.

"I haven't done anything wrong, so I don't understand (the boos)," Tsitsipas said. "I love the fans. But some people don't understand. That's all...Sometimes we need a short break to do what we have to do."

In a major upset world No.117 Botic Van De Zandschulp beat eighth-seeded Casper Ruud 3-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 to reach the third round of a grand slam for the first time.

Swiss Henri Laaksonen, who defeated Australia's John Millman in the opening round, overcame No.16 seed Cristian Garin 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 6-4.

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, the 12th seed, won a tight opening set against Bernabe Zapata Miralles before finding his rhythm to beat the Spaniard 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-2.

Roberto Bautista Agutof Spain and Briton Daniel Evans were the other seeded players to progress from the second round.

Meanwhile, Spanish 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz got past Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 6-1 6-4 to become the youngest men's player in the third round since Donald Young in 2007.

with Reuters

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