Daniil Medvedev is one win away from retaking the world number one spot after moving past American Jenson Brooksby 7-5 6-1 and into the Miami Open quarter-finals on Tuesday. The U.S. Open champion lost his serve in the first game but found momentum after fending off two more break points in the fifth, winning the final four games of the first set in which he fired down six aces.
The Russian ripped through the second set in less than half an hour, dropping one first serve point.” A crucial moment was when he didn’t convert a double-break point for a double break so I managed to make him serve for the set and it’s not always easy,” said Medvedev.
“I felt sometimes I’m, let’s say, kind of a low intensity guy and try to keep my energy and see what’s going on. I felt like today was not enough in the beginning so I tried to pump myself up.”The intensity will surely be high in his Masters 1000 quarter-final.
If the Russian can beat his next opponent – either Lloyd Harris or eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz – he will replace Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings. KYRGIOS EXITS, OSAKA ROLLSAustralian wildcard Nick Kyrgios lost to Italian Jannik Sinner 7-6(3) 6-3 after a dispute with the chair umpire.Top Sports News Now
Kyrgios received a point penalty for bad behavior in the first-set tiebreak and in between sets angrily and repeatedly asked the chair umpire “What is unsportsmanlike?” before walking to his bench and whacking his racket against the court.
The gesture earned him a game penalty, allowing Sinner to open the second set up a break. Elsewhere in the day’s action, fourth-ranked German Alexander Zverev overcame a solid defensive effort from Australian qualifier Thanasi Kokkinakis to win 6-4 6-4 and set up a quarter-final clash with eighth-ranked Casper Ruud.
The Norwegian, who lost to Zverev in the Paris Masters quarter-finals in November, had earlier sent top British player Cameron Norrie packing 6-3 6-4 in the Grandstand.”(Ruud is) somebody that really does not miss much,” said Zverev. “He’s somebody that tries to play aggressive with his forehand as well.Advertisement
Got to take away his strength in a way and we’ll see how it goes tomorrow.”Defending champion Hubert Hurkacz and world number 103 Francisco Cerundolo also advanced to the quarters. Naomi Osaka thumped 13 aces and 25 winners to dispatch an injured Danielle Collins 6-2 6-1 to reach the semi-finals, where she will meet Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.Also ReadWatch: Jannik Sinner wins a 46-shot rally against Tommy PaulDoes Steffi Graf ever age? Husband Andre Agassi has the perfect reply'Never been friends, never been close to Roger Federer': Novak Djokovic s...WATCH: Frances Tiafoe wins point against Milos Raonic after bizarre net i...
Bencic, who beat Daria Saville by the similar scoreline of 6-1 6-2 earlier in the day, has won all three of her Tour-level meetings with four-time Grand Slam champion, although they have not met since the 2019 U.S. Open.”I’ve never had anything to lose against her,” Bencic said of her past success against the Japanese star.”She’s the player that has to defend, she has won a lot of Grand Slams, so she’s in that position.”