Russians Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev both cruised into the US Open fourth round on Saturday.
While Karen Khachanov fell wayside to Alex De Minaur in five sets, Medvedev and Rublev stayed perfect at the Open running their mark to 9-0 in sets.
Medvedev was on Ashe and had his way with debutante JJ Wolf in a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win. The 21-year-old Wolf posseses a whirl of power, but Medvedev was more than up the task.
“I played, really, three good matches,” Medvedev said. “Won all of them in straight sets against not easy opponents. So really looking forward to it.
“Talking about my game, I feel confident right now, as I was feeling last year.”
Up next for the 2019 finalist is another American is Frances Tiafoe who reached his first US Open fourth round getting through Marton Fucsovics 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.
Rublev, a former quarterfinals in New York, return to his third fourth round blowing past Salvatore Caruso 6-0, 6-4, 6-0 in just 84 minutes.
“I was quite happy with my performance today that I was quite focused, that I didn’t really give a chance to my opponent to come back,” Rublev said.
In a rematch from 2019, Rublev now meets the big man Matteo Berrettini. The Italian also hasn’t dropped a set or his serve thus far after easing past Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.
“I think maybe I was more under pressure. Last year semifinals, so now I have no pressure,” Rublev said looking ahead. “He has all the pressure.
“We’ll see how it’s going to be, but for sure I hope it’s going to be interesting match and I hope people will enjoy watching it.”
Vasek Pospisil authored yet another upset, stunning No. 8 seed Roberto Bautista Agut in five sets. He’ll face De Minaur next.
Felix Auger-Aliassime joined Pospisil and Denis Shapovalov in the fourth round with a strong 6-1, 6-0, 6-4 victory over Corentin Moutet.
“I can obviously take a lot of positives from my win today,” the Canadian. “With the way I served, I was only broken once, which didn’t really have a huge impact on the score at the end. I can be happy with that.
“Obviously I want to keep going. Also knowing it’s only going to get tougher from here, I’m going to need to keep and raise my level match after match, be able to dig even deeper and fight.
“But obviously it’s a good thing I was able to go through these first few matches without losing too much energy and feel fit, you know, feel like I still have a lot of energy left. That’s a positive of these three first matches.”
The 20-year-old Canadian now has a Monday date with Australian Open finalist Dominic Thiem. Thiem blew out Marin Cilic in the first two sets of their Saturday night third rounder. But the 2014 champion clawed back in the third and made things interesting early in the fourth before fading 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
“I think the quick start was more because of him. He had two very tough rounds and was a little bit slow in the beginning. I took all of my chances,” Thiem said. “Today was a good win against a great champion, so that should give me a boost.”
On tap Sunday, Novak Djokovic looks to extend his win straight to 30 against former US Open semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta. Alexander Zverev, Borna Coric also return and Shapovalov clashes with David Goffin in the best match of the day, at least on paper. Both are seeking their first Major quarterfinal.
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