Tennis: Medvedev Beats Heat and Dimitrov While Zverev Moves Forward in Cincinnati, Tennis News & Top Stories

CINCINNATI (AFP) – Top seed Daniil Medvedev reached the quarter-finals of the ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters on Thursday (August 19) with a 6-3, 6-3 win over former master Grigor Dimitrov.

The Russian world number two expanded their record against the Bulgarians to 3: 1. Medvedev won the Cincinnati title in 2019, while Dimitrov took the trophy at the main warm-up event of the US Open in 2017.

Medvedev, the champions in Toronto last weekend, will next face the Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, who defeated the ninth seeded Hubert Hurkacz from Poland 7: 6 (8/6), 7: 6 (7/3).

“What makes it difficult is playing the best players in the world two weeks in a row,” said Medvedev. “I’m still young, healthy and I feel 100 percent, that’s why I want to try.”

Medvedev had to deal with the draining heat and summer humidity during his 90-minute win. The 25-year-old Moscow man fired a modest seven aces and broke four times.

Benoit Paire took advantage of John Isner’s lack of fitness with a 7-6 (7/1), 6-7 (2/7), 6-1 triumph and advanced to the last eight.

The moody Frenchman, who fought for motivation at the fan-free events that shaped much of the Covid-19 tennis era, came to life with the Cincinnati booths at full capacity, masking a rare sight.

Isner, who won the Atlanta title at the weekend and reached the Toronto semi-finals at the weekend, seemed unable to cope with the demanding conditions.

“I’m happy to win. It wasn’t easy out there, ”said Paire. “But it makes all the difference to play in front of fans.”

Isner started the third set with three double faults in a row to lose the service and from then on could barely lift his racket against Paire, which had never been this far in Cincinnati.

The Frenchman, in 50th place, worked almost two and a half hours to move forward despite 20 double mistakes – just three off his all-time “record” of 23 in a first-round loss at the Australian Open in February.

Isner only just missed his opponent at 18 to 16 and was barely able to stretch his racket in the closing stages when his resources dwindled.

The third-seeded Olympic champion Alexander Zverev overtook the Argentine Guido Pella with a comfortable 6: 2, 6: 3 in 73 minutes without hitting a breakpoint.

# 1 Barty advances

In the women’s draw, the first-placed Ashleigh Barty reached the quarter-finals 6-0, 6-2 against Victoria Azarenka.

The top-seeded Australian, who is playing her first tournament since losing the Tokyo Olympics in the opening round, took 72 minutes to develop as she works to find tough form in her only US Open preliminary tournament.

“I was able to manage my own service games pretty well,” said Barty. “Sometimes a result in tennis can be deceiving.

“Even if it was a convincing result, for most of the game there were crucial points in every game.

“I had the feeling that I could get a lot of these big points today. It was really helpful to get ahead in the games early on. “

Two-time Grand Slam winner Azarenka won the title a year ago when it was played in New York on the grounds of the Open in front of empty grandstands due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Barty improved to 13-1 over the top 20 opponents this season and will next take on French Open colleague Barbora Krejcikova, who Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-7 (5/7), 6- 2 defeated.

Anelique Kerber made her 10th appearance in Cincinnati by defeating Jelena Ostapenko in a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 fight.

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