ATP Shanghai: Daniil Medvedev extends streak. Auger-Aliassime, Goffin win



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ATP Shanghai: Daniil Medvedev extends streak. Auger-Aliassime, Goffin win

World no. 4 and the 3rd seed in Shanghai Daniil Medvedev is off to a flying start, toppling a qualifier Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-1 in 54 minutes for the 25th victory in the last 28 matches! Serving at 76%, the US Open finalist and Cincinnati champion dropped nine points in his games, never facing a break point and dominating on the return as well to grab four breaks from seven chances, enough to carry him home in no time at all.

Daniil hit 19 winners and 13 unforced errors, blasting a service winner in almost 40% of the points on serve and leaving Cameron far behind in the shortest rallies up to four strokes to forge the victory and advance into the last 16.

The Russian broke at 15 in the second game after a lucky net cord, cementing the break with a service winner and creating two set points on the return at 5-2, denied by two winners from a left-hander who had to drop the set in the next game after an ace from Daniil.

The Briton sprayed a forehand error at the beginning of the second set to suffer another break, finding himself 3-0 down following a volley error and sending another forehand long at 1-5 to propel Medvedev into the next round.

Hubert Hurkacz plagued Gael Monfils' chances of reaching the ATP Finals, beating the Frenchman 6-2, 7-6 in an hour and 16 minutes. Hubert never lost ground in his games, repelling the only break point he faced in the eighth game of the second set and dominating in the tie break to move into the third round and grab the 12th Masters 1000 win.

A qualifier Vasek Pospisil has won two matches at Masters 1000 event for the first time since Miami last year, ousting Joao Sousa 6-3, 7-5 in an hour and 29 minutes. The Canadian was too solid in his service games, fending off both break points he had to play against and earning one break in each set to move over the top and gather much-needed points that will propel him higher through the ATP list on Monday.

Another qualifier Alexander Bublik retired against Felix Auger-Aliassime during the rain delay while trailing 7-6, 4-0, sending the Canadian into the second round where he will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in one of the best matches of the second round, seeking the 40th victory on the Tour in 2019.

David Goffin had an easy day at the office, toppling Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-3 in 57 minutes, building fortress around his serve and hitting 21 winners and 12 unforced errors to keep the momentum on his side of the net. David had the advantage in the quickest and mid-range exchanges, securing five breaks and rattling off the last five games of the encounter to march into the next round.