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Thursday, December 01, 2022

Medvedev ranks at No. 1 rankings, making Miami quarters

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. ( Associated Press) – Daniil Medvedev is one win away from returning to no. 1.

With a slow start, top-ranked Medvedev reached the quarterfinals of the Miami Open on Tuesday by defeating Jenson Brooksby of the USA 7-5, 6-1.

Medvedev has yet to drop a set in his three Miami games. He will either be the no. 8-seeded and defending Miami champion Hubert Hurkacz or the unseeded Lloyd Harris will face in the quarterfinals – and if Medvedev wins there, he will be assured that he will replace Novak Djokovic and return to number 1 in the world.

“I’m not the kind of guy who’s going to say, ‘Yeah, I’m the best,'” Medvedev said.

The computer might tell him so soon enough. The Russian briefly topped the No. 1 rankings, losing it to Djokovic again about a week ago and is now conquering it again.

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Brooksby immediately jumped to a lead, broke Medvedev’s first service game and served for the first set – two points away at 5-4, 30-15.

It was all Medvedev from there.

Medvedev won 11 of the remaining 13 points in the set, breaking Brooksby to equalize, holding love to 6-5 and then breaking again to conclude the 7-5 victory. The second set was never in doubt, with Medvedev running out to a 3-0 lead and winning 16 of the 19 points played on his knockout.

“Jenson has the potential to be a top player,” Medvedev said. “When you say top, you never know – no. 1, no. 3 or no. 10 – but he is a very good player and I think he plays better than his rankings. ”

No. 2 Alexander Zverev of Germany and No. 6 Casper Ruud of Norway will meet in another quarter-final. Zverev beat Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia 6-4, 6-4, while Ruud ousted 10th seeded Cameron Norrie of Britain 6-3, 6-4.

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The 9th Jannik Sinner of Italy also penetrated and beat Nick Kyrgios of Australia 7-6 (3), 6-3. Kyrgios is a point, and then a match, docked for outbursts.

Sondaar will face Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina in the quarterfinals. Cerundolo announced the no. 28, beat Frances Tiafoe of the USA, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3) – which avenged Tiafoe’s victory in the third round over his brother, Juan Manuel Cerundolo.

In women’s quarterfinals, no. 22, Belinda Bencic, continued her role through the tournament. Bencic had yet to encounter a select player and did not come close to dropping a set, reaching the semifinals with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Daria Saville.

Bencic has won 48 of the 65 games she has played in the tournament.

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