Osaka ousted in US Open tuneup by world No. 76

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MASON, Ohio — No Novak, no Roger, no Rafa doesn’t suggest profitable his second Western & Southern Open championship can be no drawback for top-seeded Daniil Medvedev.

He is simply making it look that approach.

Medvedev, the 2019 champion and final yr’s runner-up to Novak Djokovic, superior to the quarterfinals of the US Open tuneup occasion Thursday with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Grigor Dimitrov.

“It was undoubtedly a terrific degree of tennis,” Medvedev stated. “It was fairly scorching for each of us. I noticed Grigor struggling, so I figured that is how it’s. It is the identical for everyone. Our our bodies are getting extra used to the warmth.”

High-ranked Ash Barty rolled via the primary 10 video games of her match with defending champion Victoria Azarenka in a 6-0, 6-2 win to succeed in the ladies’s quarterfinals.

“I believe generally the scoreline in tennis the scoreline can idiot you,” Barty stated. “Although it appeared like a fairly convincing scoreline within the match, each recreation had essential factors and I used to be capable of win most of these.”

Olympic champion and third-seeded Alexander Zverev additionally superior, beating Guido Pella 6-2, 6-3.

Medvedev bounced again up after a nasty fall early within the second set and went on to shut out the win.

“You possibly can’t see this on video, however my racket received between my legs and hit the again of my calf,” Medvedev stated. “I do not understand how that occurs. I even have a bruise on my calf. A bruise is a bruise. It is nothing severe.”

The second-ranked Russian, the winner final week in Toronto, gained when Dimitrov double-faulted on match level. Medvedev has been on the courtroom for less than 2 hours, 28 minutes whereas profitable 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 yr.

Whereas his matches have been brief, Medvedev feels profitable will go a good distance.

“The extra matches I can win in these two tournaments which are much like New York, the extra confidence you’ve gotten,” he stated. “Confidence is the large key. It is good coming there realizing that you simply’re able to enjoying good. Now, I do know it is potential. A Grand Slam is a Grand Slam. They’re powerful. Opponents need to beat you. You hope you present your finest tennis.”

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