Tennis News: Daniil Medvedev shows further signs of progress as the 2022 Cincinnati Open (Western & Southern Open) moves through the third round.
Following the win over Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp in the Cincinnati Open opener, the top seed followed suit with a win over southpaw Denis Shapovalov.
The 26-year-old beat Canadian Shapovalov 7-5, 7-5 in 1 hour 45 minutes, a victory that sent him to the quarter-finals of his second Masters 1000 tournament of the 2022 season. He suffered a second disappointing ride. loss to Nick Kyrgios in Montreal last week, but he seemed to be playing his best at the Cincinnati Open.
The world number 1 fired a flat backhand with impressive consistency, while standing firmly behind the baseline to restore world number 21 Shapovalov’s left serve and hit him with a stunning forehand before taking their head to head through 3-2.
Shapovalov rode a winning streak for the first time since last May when he beat Tommy Paul to advance to the third round of the Cincinnati Open. However, she failed to defeat the world number 1, dashing hopes of reaching the quarter-finals in Cincinnati for the first time.
“The competition is quite tight. I felt it was a match of an extraordinary level. I felt he missed a few more chances than me, but he got a lot of points and that’s how Shapo plays,” Medvedev said.
“My goal is to defend as many points as possible and put pressure on him when I have the chance. But there were a lot of points when I crossed the baseline and tried to win the ball back. In the Overall, I’m happy with my level of play.”
The 14-year-old will next face host Taylor Fritz in the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Open after the world number 13 beat fellow world number 1 Andrey Rublev.
“Taylor is a great tennis player. We met several times. Before the ATP Cup we trained together and I thought he beat me, which is not really important, but I told my coach, ‘Wow, he can play really well, it could be a positive season for him.’ Then he won at Indian Wells,” Medvedev commented about Fritz.
“Maybe he could have played better in some of the other tournaments, but he’s the Masters champion. He’s an amazing player and I have to do my best to beat him.”
With the win, Medvedev now has a 13-4 record at the Cincinnati Open. He won the first Masters 1000 title of his career in Cincinnati in 2019 before reaching the semi-finals last season. This week he is aiming for a second title of the 2022 season after winning in Los Cabos earlier this month.
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