The Russian, after qualifying for the round of 16, is just two victories away from regaining the world throne.
The number 2 in the world dismissed without forcing the Spaniard Pedro Martínez (47th) 6-3, 6-4 last night. “The tracks are very slow, so games can last a long time. I managed to make fewer mistakes at important times, to serve a little better. The margin wasn’t great, but I managed to win and I’m happy“He will face the American Jenson Brooksby (39th) who eliminated another Spaniard, Roberto Bautista (17th), by 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, to try to reach the quarterfinals, his best result in the Florida tournament already achieved last year.
It was precisely Bautista who eliminated him in 2021. But this year, the Spaniard, who led 4-0 in the decisive set, lost six consecutive days and allowed the American to qualify, who had already reached the eighth position in Indian Wells. To regain the world throne, which he held for two weeks before handing it over to Novak Djokovic on March 21, the winner of the last US Open will have to reach the semifinals.
Unlike the Russian’s match, the battle was fought between rising star Carlos Alcaraz (16th with 18) and the experienced Marin Cilic (23rd with 33). The Croatian, former world number 3 and winner of the US Open in 2014, tried everything but neither his experience nor his racket shot allowed him to dominate the fiery spirit and eye of the formidable Alcaraz, who won by 6-4, 6. -4.
If there was indeed an arm wrestling match, the little one knew how to give the necessary push every time. Like the end of the game when he broke 5-4, he offered three game points to his service and concluded from the first with a drop shot followed by a lob that the great Cilic could not beat on the court .
Semifinalist in Indian Wells, where he had taken Rafael Nadal to the limit, Alcaraz will face in Greece the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (5th), winner of the Australian Alex De Minaur (6-4, 6-3), to try to enter the quarterfinals . For his first participation last year, Alcaraz was eliminated in the first round.
Current champion Hubert Hurkacz (10th) also qualified for the eighth round by defeating Russian Aslan Karatsev (32nd) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. The Pole will face South African Lloyd Harris (44th) winner of the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka (96th) 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 7-5.
Swiatek too strong
In the women’s draw, Osaka, 77th in the world, dominated Alison Riske (50th) by 6-3 and 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals, as last year. To try to get to the top four, the Japanese will face another American, Danielle Collins (11th), a finalist in the last Australian Open and who defeated Tunisian Ons Jabeur 6-2, 6-4 (10a).
After facing, obviously, moments of frustration against Riske, the Japanese woman, who had been suffering from psychological problems for months, ended the match and let a big smile light up her face. “Last year I also went to the quarterfinals, but I didn’t feel well. This time I’m having fun moments in my life“He commented on the former world number one, four times Grand Slam title.
No cold sweat for Iga Swiatek, who, with the retirement of Ashleigh Barty, will be the new world No.1 on Monday: the Pole gave a lesson to the American Coco Gauff (17th) 6-3, 6- 1. . He added a 14th straight victory after his titles in Doha and Indian Wells and will try to continue his series in the quarterfinals against the Czech Petra Kvitova (32nd) who won 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 against the Russian Veronika Kudermetova (23rd).
3rd round gentlemen:
Daniil Medvedev (RUS / N.1) defeated Pedro Martínez (ESP) 6-3, 6-4
Jenson Brooksby (USA) defeats Roberto Bautista (ESP / N.15) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
Lloyd Harris (RSA) wins Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 7-5
Hubert Hurkacz (POL / N.8) defeated Aslan Karatsev (RUS / N.29) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE / N.3) defeats Alex De Minaur (AUS / N.25) 6-4, 6-3
Carlos Alcaraz (ESP / N.14) defeated Marin Cilic (CRO / N.21) 6-4, 6-4
Taylor Fritz (USA / N.11) beats Tommy Paul (USA) 7-6 (7/2), 6-4
Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) defeats Sebastian Korda (USA) 7-6 (7/4), 6-3
Women in the round of 16:
Belinda Bencic (SUI / N.22) defeats Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 6-2, 6-3
Daria Saville (AUS) won by Lucia Bronzetti (ITA) 5-7, 6-4, 7-5
Naomi Osaka (JPN) beat Alison Riske (USA) 6-3, 6-4
Danielle Collins (USA / N.9) defeats Ons Jabeur (TUN / N.8) 6-2, 6-4
Paula Badosa (ESP / N.5) defeated Linda Fruhvirtová (CZE) 6-2, 6-3
Jessica Pegula (USA / N.16) defeated Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) 6-0, 0-0 (withdrawal)
etraPetra Kvitová (CZE / N.28) defeats Veronika Kudermetova (RUS / N.21) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4
Iga Swiatek (POL / N.2) defeated Cori Gauff (USA / N.14) 6-3, 6-1