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Russian tennis star Medvedev begins 2021 Australian Open with straight sets win

In a match that lasted 1 hour 47 minutes, Medvedev confidently outplayed his 30-year-old Canadian opponent, Vasek Pospisil

MOSCOW, February 9. /TASS/. Russia’s Daniil Medvedev cleared the opening round of the 2021 Australian Open, which kicked off on February 8, after defeating on Tuesday Canada’s Vasek Pospisil.

In a match that lasted 1 hour 47 minutes, Medvedev confidently outplayed his 30-year-old Canadian opponent with straight sets win of 6-2; 6-2; 6-4.

Medvedev, 24, is currently ranked by the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) as World’s No. 4. His best result at the Grand Slam tournaments was the final of the 2019 US Open. Playing last year at the Australian Open he failed to clear Round 4.

"Vasek can play really good tennis," the ATP official website quoted Medvedev as saying after the match. "He just told me after the match he wasn’t able to have the best preparation because of hard quarantine, and he also hurt his back for a few days..."

"I was lucky in this way, but I knew I had to go out here and win this match, because it’s my job," Medvedev added.

The Russian tennis star, who has not lost a single match since last November and is now on the 15-match winning streak, is now set to play in the next round against Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena. The Spaniard cleared the opening round of the tournament after defeating on Tuesday Hungary’s Attila Balazs 7-5; 3-6; 6-2; 6-3.

The 2021 Australian Open tournament is played at Melbourne Park between February 8 and 21. It offers $61 million in prize money. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Sofia Kenin of the United States are the defending champions at the 2021 Australian Open in men's and women’s singles respectively.

This year’s opening Grand Slam tennis tournament is held with a limited number of spectators in attendance due to safety measures against COVID-19 pandemic. The allowed daily number of spectators at all courts stands at 30,000, which is half of the regular attendance.