Medvedev On A Roll: Prime Seed Cruises In Cincinnati Opener

Daniil Medvedev is displaying no indicators of slowing down on the Western & Southern Open.

Three days after profitable his fourth ATP Masters 1000 title in Toronto, Medvedev made a great begin in Cincinnati with a 6-2, 6-2 victory towards Mackenzie McDonald to succeed in the third spherical.

“Mackenzie can play good. All people who’s within the second spherical of a Masters [1000] can play good tennis, everyone knows this,” Medvedev stated in his on-court interview. “It is not simple to go from profitable a match to a different match in several situations. You are drained bodily, particularly within the first matches as a result of you then get into the match and it will get simpler. I am actually blissful that I managed to win fairly simply. I used to be combating a bit extra for each level, attempting to complete as early as doable.”

The Russian star has gained 16 of his previous 18 matches courting again to the beginning of the Mallorca Championships, a grass-court match he gained in June. He dominated on serve towards the house favorite, profitable 96 per cent of his first-serve factors to triumph after precisely one hour.

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At Cincinnati is the place Medvedev claimed his maiden Masters 1000 crown two years in the past, and he has now gained seven consecutive matches artwork the Lindner Household Tennis Middle.

The highest seed will subsequent play former World No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov, towards whom he holds a 2-1 ATP Head2Head collection lead. They most just lately performed within the semi-finals of the 2019 US Open, the place Medvedev triumphed in straight units.

“He beat two good opponents right here. He is a really robust participant,” Medvedev stated. “I performed him one time within the semi-finals of a Slam. It means one thing. I want to indicate my finest to attempt to win this match. Hopefully I can do it.”

Dimitrov, the 2017 Cincinnati champion, defeated Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik 6-3, 7-5 to succeed in the third spherical right here for the fifth time. The Bulgarian has lengthy loved success at this venue, the place he made the semi-finals in 2016 and captured his first ATP Masters 1000 title in 2017. Dimitrov is now 18-8 on the Ohio match.

The Kazakhstani just lately beat Dimitrov in straight units at Wimbledon and beforehand led their ATP Head2Head collection 2-0. And though Bublik leads the ATP Tour in aces in 2021, he critically hit 9 double faults.

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Two-time Western & Southern Open champion Andy Murray earned a powerful win on Monday towards Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati, however ninth seed Hubert Hurkacz halted his run on Wednesday.

The ninth seed broke by the Scot’s defences with an onslaught of 17 aces, defeating the previous World No. 1 7-6(4), 6-3 to succeed in the third spherical. The Polish star will subsequent play seventh seed Pablo Carreno Busta.

“Enjoying towards Murray is one thing particular. I by no means had an opportunity to play a match towards him [before],” Hurkacz stated in his on-court interview. “He is such a terrific competitor. What he is achieved for the game is de facto wonderful. He is such a terrific participant and an individual. It is a very large win for me.”

Hurkacz has loved the most effective season of his profession, together with his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title in Miami and his first journey to a significant semi-final at Wimbledon, the place he upset Medvedev and Roger Federer. The 24-year-old started his week in ninth within the FedEx ATP Race To Turin as he pushes to make his debut on the Nitto ATP Finals in November.

Murray battled arduous, saving 4 of the six break factors he confronted. However the wild card was unable to make the Pole too uncomfortable. Hurkacz’s subsequent opponent, Carreno Busta, eradicated German fortunate loser Dominik Koepfer 6-4, 6-2 in 80 minutes earlier within the day.

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