In a captivating turn of events at the Astana Open, wild card entrant Alexander Shevchenko shone through as he halted his four-match losing run. On this Wednesday showdown at the ATP 250 event, Shevchenko showcased a dominant performance against the Dutchman, Botic van de Zandschulp, sealing the match with scores of 6-4, 6-3.
August was quite a month for Shevchenko. He registered impressive hard-court victories in Washington, leaving his mark by defeating both Maxime Cressy and Sebastian Korda. And now, facing the World No. 68, van de Zandschulp, he certainly appeared in top form. Throughout the game, he managed to break his opponent's serve on four noteworthy occasions, thereby ensuring his progress in what marked their inaugural Lexus ATP Head2Head battle.
Medjedovic's Astana Rise Continues
Standing at No. 84 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, all eyes are now on Shevchenko as he gears up to face Hamad Medjedovic. The young Serbian, a representative of the #NextGenATP, progressed further in the tournament when Laslo Djere, his fellow countryman, had to unexpectedly bow out. Medjedovic, on his part, was leading with scores 6-3, 2-1 during his debut tournament match when Djere decided to retire.
Medjedovic, merely 20 and the youngest player to make it to the draw, has his sights set on making a significant impact in Astana. His primary motivation? To bolster his chances for the much-anticipated Next Gen ATP Finals.
The Serbian talent's prowess is evident. He currently occupies the ninth spot in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Jeddah, a testament to his abilities. This year alone, he's clinched three titles on the ATP Challenger Tour. As the Astana Open progresses, tennis enthusiasts are keenly following these rising stars, ensuring they don’t miss a single serve or volley. For real-time updates and more, remember to download the official ATP WTA Live App – the ultimate companion for every tennis aficionado.