Top seeds Medvedev, Ashleigh Barty secure triumphs at Cincinnati
Cincinnati: Daniil Medvedev took quick revenge on Friday for his Olympic loss to Pablo Carreno Busta, with the top seed at the ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters delivering a crushing 6-1, 6-1 verdict. The Russian world number two had it all his way into the semi-finals with a 56-minute rout, which ended on the Spaniard's double-fault. Women's top seed Ashleigh Barty recovered from being down a break in the second set to sweep past fellow French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova 6-2, 6-4. The Australian handed her Czech opponent only a third loss since mid-May. Krejicikova won Roland Garros in June while 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 said. "For all but one service game, I felt like a lot of the time I was in control. "It was just staying patient, knowing that I was doing the right things." Nedvedev, last week's Toronto champion, won his eighth match in a row as he prepares for a final four contest against compatriot Andrey Rublev. Fourth seed Rublev defeated France's Benoit Paire 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 with the Russian advancing to his fourth Masters 1000 quarter-final in six tournaments this season. Medvedev has won all four tour matches against Rublev, including the quarters here in 2019 when Medvedev went on to win the title. The Medvedev domination of Carreno Busta was total with the Spaniard never earning a break point while losing serve five times. Medvedev finished with 20 winners and seven unforced errors. In Saturday's semi-finals, Barty will face German Angelique Kerber, who advanced 6-4, 3-3 when Czech opponent Petra Kvitova retired with gastric illness. After winning the opening set in 32 minutes over Krejcikova, Barty fell behind a break in the second. But the deficit was quickly closed as Barty broke her opponent's final two service games of the match. Barty advanced with seven aces and four breaks of serve in the 72-minute victory. - AFP