Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas move on in Vienna
Former World No 1 Daniil Medvedev claimed a 6-2, 6-2 win against Nikoloz Basilashvili to advance at the Vienna Open on Wednesday.
Both sets followed a similar pattern with Medvedev claiming a break early and later on in both sets to set up a date against hometown hero Dominic Thiem.
Medvedev will match his best performance in Vienna if he can beat Thiem in the Round of 32.
The erstwhile rankings king is out to clinch his place at the ATP Tour Finals in Turin.
Medvedev has only won one title this season but a run to the Australian Open final and consistent form have him well placed to qualify for the season finale.
Stefanos Tsitsipas has seaed his place at the finals but is out to add another title to his collection this season.
Tstsipas downed home favourite Dennis Novak 7-6(2), 6-2 to reach the Round of 16.
“It took time to adjust to these new conditions,” said Tsitsipas. “I was playing against an opponent that I didn’t know much about. I hadn’t played him before.
“I did really well in the second set, kind of finding my steps and getting a good feel of the court, of the balls,” he added, noting his improved return game and clarity. “It was a very good second set, in my opinion. I just wish I could have pulled that off in the fist set but it didn’t come. I had to fight hard in that first one to get it and play a good tie-break.”
That victory sets up a rematch of the Cincinnati Masters final, which Tsitsipas lost to Borna Coric.
Coric claimed a three-set win against France’s Quentin Halys on Monday.
Tsitsipas currently leads the ATP Tour match wins this season having won 57 main draw matches.
He is also co-leader, alongside Carlos Alcaraz, with seven finals, including runs to the title match each of the past two weeks in Astana and Stockholm.
Sixth seed Jannik Sinner also advanced on an action-packed Wednesday, easing to a 6-3, 6-2 win against Cristian Garin.
Sinner improved to 27-8 on hard courts this season, including quarter-final runs at the Australian Open and US Open.
Seeking to better his run to the 2021 Vienna semis, Sinner will next met Francisco Cerundolo.
At 15th in the Race, trailing the seventh-placed Felix Auger-Aliassime by just shy of 900 points, meaning Sinner will likely need to sweep the titles in both Vienna and the Paris Masters to have a chance of qualifying for Turin.
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