Medvedev opens with win vs. Arnaldi in Toronto

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TORONTO — Second-seeded Daniil Medvedev returned to competition Wednesday in the National Bank Open, beating Matteo Arnaldi 6-2, 7-5.

The 2021 winner in Toronto, Medvedev played his first match since losing in the Wimbledon semifinals.

“I felt great,” Medvedev said. “I could have done a little bit better in the second set, but at the same time I saved break points in two or three games, so pretty good match. From here, I need to improve.

Ranked third in the world, the Russian has won five titles this year.

In other matches in round of 32, Gael Monfils upset fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4. 6-3, and eighth-seeded Taylor Fritz outlasted Ugo Humbert 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-3. Canadian Milos Raonic edged Taro Daniel 6-4, 6-3.

Top-ranked Carlos Alcaraz faced Ben Shelton in the night session.

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