World no. 4 Daniil Medvedev has been one of the players to beat after Wimbledon together with Rafael Nadal, reaching four straight finals and competing for the title at the US Open. The Russian lost to Rafael Nadal in a thriller to miss a Grand Slam glory, returning two weeks later at hoe ATP 250 event in St.
Petersburg as the top seed. In the second-round clash, Daniil took down Evgeny Donskoy 7-5, 6-3 in an hour and 16 minutes despite a shaky performance from the baseline, dropping only 14 points in ten service games and losing serve once from three chances offered to Donskoy.
On the other hand, the older Russian struggled on the second serve, facing eight break chances and giving serve away for times to propel Daniil through, with Medvedev earning the 21st victory in the last 24 encounters. Medvedev forced an error from his opponent in the third game to grab the first break, confirming it with an ace in the next game and moving 4-2 up with four winners in game six.
Evgeny played well in those moments as well, holding with ease and breaking back in game eight when Daniil netted a volley to level the score at 4-4. Medvedev landed four winners in game ten to stay in the set and broke at 15 in the next game to forge the lead when Evgeny sprayed a backhand error, closing the set with three winners in the 12th game for a massive boost.
Donskoy gave serve away at the beginning of the second set when Daniil fired a backhand return winner, creating two chances in game four that could have brought him back to the positive side of the scoreboard. Cold as ice, Medvedev hit four straight winners to get out of jail and remain in front, delivering two comfortable holds in games six and eight and sealing the deal with another break in game nine to move into the quarter-final and become the first player with more than 50 wins in 2019.