US Open 2019: Prajnesh Gunneswaran knocked out in 1st round by World No. 5 Daniil Medvedev

first_img India Today Web Desk New YorkAugust 27, 2019UPDATED: August 27, 2019 00:42 IST Prajnesh Gunneswaran lost to Daniil Medvedev in an 84-minute 1st-round match at US Open 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPrajnesh Gunneswaran lost 4-6, 1-6, 2-6 to Daniil MedvedevGunneswaran has now faced 1st-round exits in all the 4 Grand Slams in 2019Gunneswaran came up with a valiant effort in the 1st set only to fizzle away laterIndia’s top-ranked men’s singles player, Prajnesh Gunneswaran was knocked out in the 1st round of US Open 2019 on Monday. World No. 88 Prajnesh lost in straight sets — 4-6, 1-6, 2-6 to World No. 5 Daniil Medvedev of Russia at the Lance Amstrong Stadium in New York.The straight-set defeat was also Prajnesh Gunneswaran’s 4th successive first-round exit at Grand Slams. Notably, Prajnesh had made it to the main draw of all four majors in 2019 after making his Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open.Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who overcame multiple career-threatening injuries to vault into the top 100, was broken as early as the first game of his US Open opener. He was 2-0 down despite Daniil Medvedev not coming up with the most comfortable holds.Prajnesh though fought back impressively by coming up with a love hold in the 3rd game. Prajnesh managed to break Medvedev’s serve, giving the in-form Russian an early scare but failed to capitalise on it as he lost the first game 4-6.Prajnesh was impressive with his forehand winners that carried a lot of power. The top-ranked Indian player was also serving well in the first set and moving extremely well on court to put pressure on Medevedev.Dominant from @DaniilMedwed.The Cincinnati champ cruises past Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 on Louis Armstrong Stadium. #USOpen pic.twitter.com/UpemQnTCBMATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) August 26, 2019Medvedev clinical after 1st set scareHowever, Medvedev found his rhythm in the secons set during which Prajnesh seemed to have bit of an issue with his left food. Despite the Russian taking a medical timeout between sets 2 and 3, he managed to comfortably outclass Prajnesh losing just 3 games over the last 2 sets.advertisementPrajnesh committed 35 unforced errors, 15 more than his Russian opponent and the poorer first serve percentage did not help his case in New York on Monday.Prajnesh though should take heart from the effort he put in against Daniil Medvedev, who has been in the form of his life on hard courts this season. Notably, Medvedev has 32-8 record on hard court this season and headed into the US Open with the most number of wins on the surface.Daniil Medevdev had entered the US Open on the back of Cincinatti Masters title before which he had reached the finals in Montreal and Washington.Sumit Nagal to face Roger Federer later in the dayLater in the day, India’s Sumit Nagal will be in action against 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer at the iconic Arthur Ashe Stadiumn. Nagal had qualified for his maiden Grand Slam main draw and got his dream fullfilled by drawing against Federer in the first round.”I want to play him. It doesn’t matter. It’s not about winning or losing all the time. It’s just the experience. It’s playing someone who has 20 Grand Slams,” Sumit Nagal told ATP’s official website.”There’s just so much excitement. I’ve seen him play 50 matches here. And the energy playing at night at the US Open is insane. I’m very, very excited. I’m going to bed happy, with a smile on my face,” Nagal added.Also Read | Virat Kohli to Sumit Nagal ahead of Roger Federer clash at US Open 2019: Will be cheering for youAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Prajnesh GunneswaranFollow Daniil MedvedevFollow US Open 2019Follow Sumit NagalFollow Roger FedererFollow India tennis news US Open 2019: Prajnesh Gunneswaran knocked out in 1st round by World No. 5 Daniil MedvedevIndia’s top-ranked men’s singles tennis player Prajnesh Gunneswaran began the 1st-round match well only to fizzle out in the 2nd and 3rd sets against in-form Daniil Medvedev of Russia before making an early exit from US Open 2019.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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