Defending champion Daniil Medvedev suffers quarter-final defeat in New York
Defending champion Daniil Medvedev was sent packing at the Western & Southern Open in New York after Roberto Bautista Agut hit back from losing the first set to prevail in their quarter-final.
Medvedev looked to be cruising in losing just one game in a 28-minute opening set, but the third seed was left reeling after Bautista Agut dug deep to triumph 1-6 6-4 6-3 and set up a semi-final meeting with Novak Djokovic.
Bautista Agut, seeded eighth, saved 15 of 20 break points to frustrate Medvedev as he prevailed in two hours and 13 minutes.
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“After the first set, I was thinking a lot of bad things,” Bautista Agut said on the ATP Tour’s official website. “It was a very good comeback.”
Bautista Agut has won two of his most recent three matches against Djokovic, the world number one, and although the Spaniard is undaunted, he knows he faces a stiff test against the Serbian.
“He is a great player, very solid, very aggressive and he has a lot of weapons,” Bautista Agut added. “Against him, I will try to play my best game to beat him. If I can play a good level it is going to be a good match.”
Djokovic was rarely stretched as he extended his unbeaten run to 24 matches, which includes a 21-0 record this year, with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.
“Ever since I made that break at the beginning of the first set, I never looked back,” Djokovic said. “I really played very aggressive whenever I had the chance and I was going for my shots.”
Fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced to the last four after America’s Reilly Opelka retired hurt in the first set. The Greek was 6-5 up before Opelka withdrew because of a right knee injury.
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