ATP US Open: Daniil Medvedev storms over Frances Tiafoe to remain on title course



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ATP US Open: Daniil Medvedev storms over Frances Tiafoe to remain on title course

The 3rd seed and last year's US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev is eager to go one step further in 2020. The Russian is through to his second straight US Open quarter-final, defeating Frances Tiafoe in dominant style, just like the previous three opponents to sail into the last eight without losing a set.

Daniil took down Tiafoe 6-4, 6-1, 6-0 in an hour and 38 minutes, having the upper hand from start to finish and playing better and better as the encounter progressed to find himself in the next round. Daniil was the master on the court with 25 winners and 18 unforced errors, reducing Tiafoe to seven winners and more than 30 mistakes to completely outplay him in sets two and three.

Medvedev lost 18 points behind the initial shot, suffering one break from as many chances offered to Tiafoe and converting eight out of 11 opportunities to control the scoreboard. The first break came in game three when Frances sent a backhand long, falling 5-2 down when Daniil placed a forehand down the line winner in game seven.

Serving for the set, the Russian got broken after a terrible forehand, fixing the error two games later with a hold at 30 that sent him 6-4 up. The American netted a slice to suffer a break at the beginning of the second set, finding himself 3-0 down when his backhand landed beyond the baseline in game three.

Daniil held at love in game four with a perfect drop shot, delivering another commanding hold in game six and securing the third break of the set for a 6-1, forging two sets to love advantage after 71 minutes. With no winners in the third set, Frances faded from the court completely, allowing Daniil to serve a bagel and march over the finish line.

Daniil Medvedev is through to the second straight US Open quarter-final.

The Russian held at 15 in the first game with an ace down the T line and grabbed a break in game two when the American netted a forehand. A deep return pushed Medvedev 4-0 ahead, moving over the top with a break at love in game six to enter the second Major quarter-final.

Daniil will face a compatriot Andrey Rublev in the battle for the semis, in what will be the first all-Russian Major quarter-final encounter. As for the Americans, they will stay without a Major title for the 17th year in a row (there is no way some of them can win in Paris), extending the terrible run at home Major where they have failed to produce the semi-finalist since 2006.