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Tennis: Ex-Ohio State player JJ Wolf knocked out of US Open

Bill Rabinowitz
brabinow@dispatch.com
JJ Wolf returns a shot to Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, during the third round of the US Open tennis championships, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in New York. Wolf, a former Ohio State tennis player, lost to Medvedev 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.

Former Ohio State tennis player JJ Wolf’s run at the U.S. Open ended Saturday with a straight-set loss to No. 3 seed Daniil Medvedev in New York.

Wolf’s powerful groundstrokes gave Medvedev some trouble, but the Russian successfully counterpunched for a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 victory.

Playing in his first major, Wolf became only the third Buckeye ever to reach the third round.

“I didn’t know it was his first major,” Medvedev said in his courtside post-match interview. “It’s a great result. In my first major, I only won one match, and he won two. I’m sure he’s going to be climbing up the rankings.”

Wolf, a 21-year-old from Cincinnati, entered the U.S. Open ranked 138th. Medvedev ranks fifth.

Medvedev, who reached the U.S. Open final last year, broke Wolf’s serve seven times. Wolf had two service breaks.

Wolf was the Big Ten’s player of the year in 2019. He turned pro last June.

Maria Sakkari reached the fourth round at her second consecutive Grand Slam tournament after needing just 55 minutes to eliminate mistake-prone American teen Amanda Anisimova 6-3, 6-1.

The 22nd-seeded Anisimova, who turned 19 on Monday, finished with 28 unforced errors and just four winners. Sakkari made eight errors.But she finally won at that stage at the Australian Open in January, then did it again Saturday in Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Other third-round winners Saturday included No. 10 Andrey Rublev in the men's draw, and No. 16 Elise Mertens in the women's, both in straight sets.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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