Medvedev, Barty safe triumphs at Cincinnati


Daniil Medvedev took fast revenge on Friday for his Olympic loss to Pablo Carreno Busta, with the highest seed on the ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters delivering a crushing 6-1, 6-1 verdict.

The Russian world quantity two had all of it his means into the semi-finals with a 56-minute rout, which ended on the Spaniard’s double-fault.

“I was feeling great during the match. In these conditions you try to win the match as fast as possible, especially against Carreno Busta, who can catch fire at any moment and start getting you into long rallies,” Medvedev mentioned.

“I tried to keep pushing him and I am really happy I managed to do it.”

Women’s high seed Ashleigh Barty recovered from being down a break within the second set to brush previous fellow French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova 6-2, 6-4.

The Australian handed her Czech opponent solely a 3rd loss since mid-May.

Krejcikova gained Roland Garros in June whereas Barty claimed the Paris title in 2019 and Wimbledon this season.

“I feel like I did a good job looking after my own serves,” Barty mentioned. “For all however one service sport, I felt like a number of the time I used to be in management.

“It was just staying patient, knowing that I was doing the right things.”

Medvedev, final week’s Toronto champion, gained his eighth match in a row as he prepares for a closing 4 contest in opposition to compatriot Andrey Rublev.

Fourth seed Rublev defeated France’s Benoit Paire 6-3, 4-6, 6-Three with the Russian advancing to his fourth Masters 1000 quarter-final in six tournaments this season.

Sefanos Tsitsipas, the second seed, needed to elevate after Felix Auger-Aliassime saved two match factors late within the second set.

But the Greek did simply that to submit a 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 win for his ninth semi-final of the season.

“Things got tough in the second set and I had to find different solutions. I stepped in with aggression in the third,” he mentioned.

“It took a lot of patience to find my opportunities in the third set. But I was determined and I didn’t let go.”

Norway’s Casper Ruud, a wizard on clay this summer season with three titles in three weeks, was taken aside by Olympic gold medalist Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-Three as the highest 4 males’s seeds took their locations within the semis.

Medvedev has gained all 4 tour matches in opposition to Rublev, together with the quarters right here in 2019 when Medvedev went on to win the title.

“I’m happy to play against him, because it’s a nice challenge for me to see what I need to improve,” Rublev mentioned.

In Saturday’s ladies’s semi-finals, Barty will face German Angelique Kerber, who superior 6-4, 3-Three when Czech opponent Petra Kvitova retired with gastric sickness.

The fairytale story for wild card Jil Teichmann continued with a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Tokyo Olympic champion Belinda Bencic, a fellow Swiss.

“Everything went right, I felt good from the beginning,” Teichmann mentioned. “I served well, defended well, it all worked out.”

The Swiss will play for the ultimate in opposition to Karolina Pliskova, who put out Paula Badosa when the Spaniard retired trailing 7-5, 2-Zero with a proper shoulder damage.

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