Medvedev Masters Auger-Aliassime In Rotterdam, Sinner Win Streak At Six

by Staff | February 17th, 2023, 8:35 pm
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Former No. 1 Daniil Medvedev collected one of his better wins of later cruising past defending champion Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinals in Rotterdam.

The 27-year-old Medvedev fired four aces, won 13/18 (72%) on second serves and was 4 of 7 on break chances.

After trading breaks early in the second, the Russian got another for 4-3 and pulled away from there.

Medvedev broke in the seventh game of the second set for 4-3. Auger broke in the fourth game of the second set for 2-2. Medvedev broke serve in the third game of the second set for 2-1. Medvedev broke in the seventh game of the first set for 5-2. Medvedev broke serve in the fifth game of the first set for 3-2.

“Today was my best match of the week, but I have to build on this,” Medvedev told the ATP. “Usually, the best weeks you play, many times you’re going to play your best tennis in the last match, so that’s definitely a goal. But I’m happy with my level today, beating someone like Felix in straight sets.”

Medvedev is a perfect 5-0 in tour-level head-to-head battles with Auger Aliassime.

Jannik Sinner kept rolling. The 21-year-old who just won Montpellier, backed up his big win over top seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas by ousting former champion Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-3.

“I just try to play every match with a high intensity, try to play my game, try to adapt myself,” Sinner said to the ATP. “The first round match here was very important for me, then I try to keep going, to get more rhythm. Today I think it was also a good match. It’s never easy playing against him, so I’m very happy.”

Also, Grigor Dimitrov won a thriller over Alex De Minaur of Australia 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(8-6). And Tallon Griekspoor knocked out countryman Gijs Brouwer 6-4, 6-4.

On Saturday in the semifinals, Grigor Dimitrov gets No. 6 Daniil Medvedev. Medvedev leads Dimitrov 4-2 in their tour-level clashes. And Tallon Griekspoor takes on Jannik Sinner in a first-time tour-level contest. Sinner has won his last six matches.

“I kind of know the plan for the game,” said Medvedev of facing Dimitrov. “The thing is, he is going to try to do the same, to make up a good plan. If we take the last two matches, it’s 1-1. So I always say a new match is a new match, no matter the head to head.

“I’m preparing for a tough one tomorrow, he’s such a great player and today was a great match from him, a great comeback actually. So I’m ready for the tough fight tomorrow.”

TAGS: Daniil Medvedev, Felix Auger Aliassime, Jannik Sinner, Stan Wawrinka, Grigor Dimitrov, Alex De Minaur,


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