Daniil Medvedev continues to impress as he cruises into semi-finals in Cincinnati

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Daniil Medvedev in action on the ATP Tour

Daniil Medvedev cruised into the semi-finals of the Western and Southern Open with an emphatic straight-sets victory over Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.

Top seed Medvedev crushed the seventh seed 6-1 6-1 in just 54 minutes to book a final four match in Cincinnati with fellow Russian Andrey Rublev.

The fourth-seeded Rublev advanced through a tough 6-2 3-6 6-3 victory over unseeded Frenchman Benoit Paire to secure his match-up with Medvedev, who he has not beaten in four career meetings.

Second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas had to battle to reach the semis, squandering two match points in the second set but eventually prevailing against 12th-seeded Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-2 5-7 6-1.

Tsitsipas will play German third seed Alexander Zverev, who ensured the semis would reflect the seedings by beating Norwegian eighth seed Casper Ruud 6-1 6-3.

World No 2 Medvedev was delighted to have avenged his Olympic Games loss to Carreno Busta – the eventual bronze medallist in Tokyo – as he seeks to complete the Toronto-Cincinnati ATP Masters 1000 double en route to the US Open.

“That is why we like tennis, because it is made of many, many different small details,” Medvedev was quoted as saying on atptour.com.

“Different conditions, different balls. I played much better today than I did there (at the Tokyo Olympics). I am really happy to win here and gain a small revenge.

“I was feeling great during the match. In these (hot) conditions, you try to win the match as fast as possible, especially against Carreno Busta, who can catch fire at any moment and start getting you into long rallies. I tried to keep pushing him and I am really happy I managed to do it.”

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