The second seed defeated clay-court stalwart Cristian Garin, the twenty second seed, 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 on Sunday to achieve the final eight at this event for the primary time. Earlier than the fortnight, he owned an 0-4 file at Roland Garros.
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The 25-year-old has quietly moved to inside hanging distance of the No. 1 spot within the FedEx ATP Rankings. If Medvedev lifts the Coupe des Mousquetaires, he’ll attain World No. 1. The Russian may also declare the highest spot after the event if he makes the ultimate and Novak Djokovic loses earlier than the championship match.
Medvedev has impressively misplaced only one set en path to the quarter-finals in Paris, and within the 12 units he has gained, the World No. 2 has not been prolonged to a tie-break. The reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion eradicated Garin, who has gained all 5 of his ATP Tour titles on clay, in two hours and 4 minutes. Medvedev solely misplaced serve as soon as, and he broke the twenty second seed six occasions.
Medvedev will subsequent play fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who defeated twelfth seed Pablo Carreno Busta earlier within the day. The second seed leads the Greek 6-1 of their ATP Head2Head collection, together with a straight-sets win within the semi-finals of this 12 months’s Australian Open.
In the direction of the top of his match in opposition to Garin, Medvedev confirmed his confidence with a flurry of jaw-dropping winners from powerful positions off the court docket. The Russian tried to get the Court docket Suzanne-Lenglen crowd concerned, waving his arms for them to make some noise. It was a second paying homage to Medvedev’s runs to the ultimate on the 2019 US Open and the 2021 Australian Open.
Medvedev fell behind by a break early within the third set, however that was his solely second of issue in opposition to the Chilean. The ten-time ATP Tour titlist struck 14 aces and a complete of 46 winners, together with a lasered backhand on match level to advance.
Coming into this occasion, Medvedev had been 1-2 on clay this 12 months, together with a three-set loss in opposition to Garin in Madrid. However the confidence Medvedev usually exhibits on exhausting courts has come out on the terre battue, and the Russian is into his fourth Grand Slam quarter-final.
Did You Know?
Medvedev is the eleventh Russian man within the Open Period to achieve the final eight at Roland Garros.