Cincinnati: Medvedev is gaining momentum

Cincinnati: Medvedev steps up


Daniil Medvedev is gaining momentum ten days before the US Open where he will defend his title: the world No.1, very solid, dismissed the American Taylor Fritz (13e) to advance to the semi-finals of the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati, where he will face Stefanos Tsitsipas (7e).

Deprived of Wimbledon because of his nationality, in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Medvedev needs to chain the matches, after a successful comeback in Los Cabos, where he won two weeks ago , followed by an early elimination in the round of 16 in Montreal, by the Australian Nick Kyrgios.

It is clear that he is working seriously in Ohio, after this victory 7 -6 (7/1), 6-3, the third in two sets, also the most convincing, at the expense of Taylor Fritz, a customer on the American cement since his victory at the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells.

“I am happy with my tennis. If I can continue to play this way and above all raise my level during the match, I can beat anyone, ”welcomed Medvedev.

In a clinical way, he extinguished the ardor of the talented American, who nevertheless put his back to the wall several times in the first set.

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The Russian had to save no less than six break points, three of which were set points, thanks to an iron defense which almost every time caused his rival to foul.

Then he made the tie-break his own, again putting up a wall against Fritz, author of two unforced errors on his serve, which allowed Medvedev to escape 5-1 and then pocket the first set.

“He got the better of me a bit and I didn't really have any chances on his serve. But I managed to stay in the match, to win the decisive game and that helped me to impose myself, ”summarized the Russian.

In the process, he tightened a little more the noose, still disgusting Fritz with his defense and efficient service (18 aces). His rival, broken from the start, never knew how to get back into the game.

Meedvedev will find the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, against whom he leads 7 wins to 2, and who barely overcame 7-6 (7/5), 5-7, 6-3 from the American John Isner (50th ).

The Greek had to work hard to overcome 7-6 (7/5), 5-7, 6-3 from the American John Isner (50th), still just as heavy on his serve (18 aces) and who only lost it once, on the only opportunity offered to his rival at 4-3 in the last set.

Norrie safe Alcaraz

The other semi-final will oppose the surprising Croatian Borna Coric (152nd), scorer 6-4, 6-4 of the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, after having taken out Rafael Nadal in the 2nd round, to Cameron Norrie (11th), who came to the end 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (4/7), 6-4 from Carlos Alcaraz (4th).

The Briton emerged victorious from a superb duel, which gave rise to the most beautiful exchanges of the tournament, between rallies at full speed and duels on the fly. He trailed 3-1 in the final set, but broke immediately before returning the Spaniard's service at 5-4, only to finish in just over three hours.

Among the women, Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (7th), who fell 6-4, 7-6 (7/1) from Chinese Shuai Zhang (44th), will be opposed in the semi-finals to Caroline Garcia (35th), impressive for her get rid of American Jessica Pegula (8th) 6-1, 7-5.

Very aggressive, effective on the return (59% of points won), Garcia was impregnable in the first set, won in 28 minutes.

The second run was tighter. In the 11th game, Garcia released powerful returns on second opposing balls, which caused Pegula to foul. Break in the pocket, she then concluded the deal on her serve.

The other poster of the last four will oppose Madison Keys (24th) to Petra Kvitova (28th).

The The American, winner of the event in 2019, disposed 6-2, 6-4 of the Kazakh Elena Rybakina (25th).

The Czech dismissed just as easily 6-2, 6- 3 Australian Ajla Tomljanovic (63rd).