Medvedev beats heat and Dimitrov while Zverev advances
Cincinnati: Top seed Daniil Medvedev reached the ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters quarter-finals on Thursday with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over fellow former champion Grigor Dimitrov. The Russian world number two stretched his record against the Bulgarian to 3-1. Medvedev won the Cincinnati title in 2019 while Dimitrov took the trophy at the key US Open warm-up event in 2017. Medvedev, the champion in Toronto last weekend, will next face Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, who defeated ninth seed Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/3). “What makes it tough, it’s two weeks in a row against the best players in the world,” Medvedev said. “I’m still young, healthy and feeling 100%, so that is why I want to try and do it.” Medvedev had to deal with the draining heat and summer humidity during his 90-minute win. The 25-year-old from Moscow fired a modest seven aces and broke four times. Benoit Paire took advantage of John Isner’s failing fitness with a 7-6 (7/1), 6-7 (2/7), 6-1 triumph to move into the last eight. The moody Frenchman, struggling for motivation at the fan-free events which have characterized much of the Covid-19 tennis era, came alive with the Cincinnati stands at full capacity and masks a rare sight. Isner, who won the Atlanta title and got to the Toronto semi-finals at the weekend, appeared unable to cope with the demanding conditions. – AFP