No Novak, no Roger, no Rafa doesn’t imply successful his second Western & Southern Open championship shall be simple for top-seeded Daniil Medvedev.
He’s simply making it look that means.
Medvedev, the 2019 champion and final 12 months’s runner-up to Novak Djokovic, superior to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tune-up occasion Thursday with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Grigor Dimitrov.
“It was undoubtedly a terrific degree of tennis,” Medvedev mentioned. “It was fairly sizzling for each of us. I noticed Grigor struggling, so I figured that’s how it’s. It’s the identical for everyone. Our our bodies are getting extra used to the warmth.”
Second-ranked Naomi Osaka wasn’t as fortunate. Within the second match of her first tour look since late Might, Osaka sprayed balls everywhere in the court docket in a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 loss to No. 76 Jil Teichmann.
Osaka repeatedly punched her left thigh along with her left wrist and talked loudly to herself, making an attempt to get herself going, however she was emotionless as she shook palms on the web with the giddy Teichmann.
Prime-ranked Ash Barty rolled by the primary 10 video games of her match with defending champion Victoria Azarenka in a 6-0, 6-2 win to achieve the ladies’s quarterfinals.
“I believe typically the scoreline in tennis can idiot you,” Barty mentioned. “Although it appeared like a fairly convincing scoreline within the match, each sport had essential poits and I used to be in a position to win most of these.”
Former event ladies’s champion Karolina Pliskova superior with a 6-4, 7-6 (5) win over Jessica Pegula..
Olympic champion and third-seeded Alexander Zverev additionally moved on, beating Guido Pella 6-2, 6-3, whereas Roland Garros-finalist and second-seeded Stefano Tsitsipas was pushed by Lorenzo Sonego to 3 units earlier than prevailing, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.
Medvedev bounced again up after a nasty fall early within the second set and went on to shut out the win.
“You’ll be able to’t see this on video, however my racket received between my legs and hit the again of my calf,” Medvedev mentioned. “I don’t know the way that occurs. I even have a bruise on my calf. A bruise is a bruise. It’s nothing critical.”
The second-ranked Russian, the winner final week in Toronto, gained when Dimitrov double-faulted on match level. Medvedev has been on the court docket for less than 2 hours, 28 minutes whereas successful his first two matches in straight units after a first-round bye.
Medvedev is the primary participant not named Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray to crack the highest two since July 18, 2005. Accidents and different points saved Djokovic, Federer and Nadal from competing this 12 months.
Whereas his matches have been quick, Medvedev feels successful will go a great distance.
“The extra matches I can win in these two tournaments which might be just like New York, the extra confidence you’ve got,” he mentioned.
“Confidence is the large key. It’s good coming there figuring out that you simply’re able to enjoying good. Now, I do know it’s attainable. A Grand Slam is a Grand Slam. They’re robust. Opponents wish to beat you. You hope you present your finest tennis.”