Sinner Wins, Korda Knocks Out Medvedev, Tiafoe Upset; Alcaraz v Evans Monday

by Staff | October 8th, 2023, 3:55 pm
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More upsets hit the Beijing draw. Former champion Daniil Medvedev was ousted by Sebastian Korda 7-6(10-8), 6-2.

The Russian led 6-4 in the breaker but couldn’t get the job done as Korda won had an incredible save at 6-7. Korda lost just four points on second serve and never dropped serve. He’s now 2-1 against Medvedev and he picks up his first career Top 5 win.

“We played really good tennis from the beginning,” Korda told the ATP. “We had some long rallies. I’m just really happy to get that first set under my belt and then it was just a matter of getting into one of his service games and hopefully taking it home after.

“He’s so quick, it’s really tough to get anything by him, especially when you have a court this big and the balls get pretty fluffy out here so it gets a little bit slower,” she added. “It was definitely one of the points of the year for me, I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m just very happy with the way I played today.”

Frances Tiafoe also dropped his delayed opener going down to Lorenzo Sonego 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. The 8th-seeded Casper Ruud eliminated 29th-seeded Christopher Eubanks in straights 6-4, 6-2

Bottom half favorite and Beijing winner Jannik Sinner advanced over 25th-seeded Sebastian Baez in three 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Fifth-seeded Andrey Rublev got the better of France’s Quentin Halys 6-4, 7-5.

Hubert Hurkacz topped Yu Hsiou Hsu 6-4, 6-4. No. 20 seed Francisco Cerundolo won a thriller over Marton Fucsovics in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. American teen Ben Shelton defeated Roman Safiullin 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and Zhang Zhizhen got the better of Brandon Nakashima of the United States in straights 7-6(7-2), 6-2.

J.J. Wolf upended 15th-seeded Cameron Norrie in a thriller 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(7-4).

The Monday slate sees the end of the third round with No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz will battling No. 30 Daniel Evans. Alcaraz is a perfect 2-0 against Evans in their tour-level collisions winning earlier this year in the semifinals at Barcelona.

No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas clashes with No. 32 Ugo Humbert, No. 22 Nicolas Jarry faces Lorenzo Sonego and J.J. Wolf faces Matteo Arnaldi.

Also, No. 5 Andrey Rublev draws No. 31 Adrian Mannarino, No. 7 Taylor Fritz locks up with Diego Schwartzman, No. 12 Tommy Paul will battle Arthur Fils and also No. 13 Karen Khachanov will battle No. 18 Grigor Dimitrov.

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