Kyrgios Saves 5 MPs, Rublev Advances In Stormy D.C.; Medvedev v Norrie In Los Cabos Final
Tournament favorites Andrey Rublev and Nick Kyrgios moved one win from a Sunday final in Washington, D.C. Both had to work extra hard due to the rains that continued on Friday.
The top-seeded Rublev had to beat two Americans on Friday, and he did just that topping Maxime Cressy 6-4, 7-6(8) and then in the evening he stopped wildcard JJ Wolf 6-2, 6-3.
It was a tough day overall for Americans. Sebastian Korda came back on Grigor Dimitrov but in the quarters was dumped in three sets by Mikael Ymer.
Nick Kyrgios also knocked out two Americans. Reilly Opelka put up little resistance in the second set of their delay third round, then in the late night, he edged Frances Tiafoe 6-7(5), 7-6(12), 6-2 saving five match points in the second set.
Kyrgios now faces Ymer while Rublev will tkae on the speedy Yoshihito Nishioka who ousted Dan Evans.
In the Los Cabos semifinals, Daniil Medvedev eased past Miomir Kecmanovic 7-6(0), 6-1. The win assures Medvedev he’ll stay No. 1 through the US Open. It also gives him another shot at a first title of 2022.
“Very tough match,” Medvedev said on court. “He started great and all the first set was a great level. So many tough points, so many points where I felt like I was close to getting the edge. The tie-break was great.”
In the final, Medvedev will meet defending champion Cameron Norrie who was a winner over Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Norrie had been 0-4 against the Canadian.
“Especially winning last year, you want to come out and win the title, but taken it one match at a time,” said Norrie. “It was a tough task at the beginning of the tournament and I got through a couple of matches.”
Medvedev won their only meeting at 2019 Shanghai.
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