Vienna | Skinner and Medvedev open their respective campaigns.

The first round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, Austria is completed with the top two seeds finally entering the fray with straight set victories at the ATP 500 event.

I lost the last matchup, so I’m happy that I won this one. I’m already looking forward to the next one Jannik Sinner

In the bottom half, Jannik Skinner avenged his defeat by Ben Shelton in Shanghai, saving four break points as he secured a 7-6(2) 7-5 victory in one-hour, 44-minutes.

“It was a very tough match. He always serves really well, and today was obviously the same,” the second seeded Italian said of his American opponent. “He is confident, he is a very tough player to beat. I was looking forward to it. I lost the last matchup, so I’m happy that I won this one. I’m already looking forward to the next one.

“I wish him the best for the rest of the season, I think he will finish the season strong. I’m very happy about the performance and happy to be in the next round.”

Sinner, who takes on countryman Lorenzo Sonego in round two, finished his opener with eight aces and lost just nine points on serve, gaining his lone break at 5-all, after had missed a break chance at 4-3 in the second.

Meanwhile defending champion Daniil Medvedev, got off to a good start by comfortably ousting the rising French 19-year-old Arthur Fils 6-4 6-2 in 78-minutes and dropping just five pints on serve.

“I was a little bit nervous coming into the match,” the Russian top seed said. “Arthur wants this top win and he’s going to get it one day. But luckily, I managed to serve well, play well, kind of work him out during the match and it worked, so I’m very happy.”

Medvedev now faces the in-form Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the second round where two matches were completed on Wednesday.

The eighth-seeded Karen Khachanov overwhelmed 21-year-old Jiri Lehecka of the Czech Republic 6-3 6-1 while the 2021 champion Alexander Zverev, seeded 5, made light work of the British No.1, beating Cameron Norrie 6-2 6-4 in just 79-minues.


Daniil Medvedev gets off to a good start in defence of his title

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