World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev was absolutely phenomenal against Spanish tennis star Pablo Carreno Busta during their Cincinnati Masters clash. Medvedev, seeded at No. 1, stormed past Carreno Busta 6-1 6-1 to advance to the Cincinnati semifinal.
Medvedev, who was aiming to win gold medal in his Olympic debut, fell short in his attempt as he lost to Carreno Busta in the quarterfinal. On Friday in Cincinnati, Medvedev got his revenge as he easily saw off Carreno Busta.
“That is why we like tennis, because it is made of many, many different small details,” Medvedev said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. “Different conditions, different balls. I played much better today than I did there [at the Tokyo Olympics].
I am really happy to win here and gain a small [bit of] revenge. “I was feeling great during the match. In these conditions, you try to win the match as fast as possible, especially against Carreno Busta, who can catch fire at any moment and start getting you into long rallies.
I tried to keep pushing him and I am really happy I managed to do it”.
Medvedev absolutely dominated Carreno Busta
Medvedev made a lightning start to the match, having broken Carreno Busta in the second and sixth game to easily win the opener.
After winning the first set, Medvedev made a strong strong start to the second as he claimed back-to-back breaks to open a 4-0 lead. Medvedev then earned his fifth break of the match in the seventh game to wrap things up in straight sets.
A few days ago, American Reilly Opelka said Medvedev was the second best returne on the Tour, just behind Novak Djokovic. “Medvedev is top three best returners in the world, you could say,” Opelka said after the Toronto final.
“I'd say, especially for a big guy, maybe he's No. 2 behind Novak (Djokovic)... Because he's long, he can afford to stand far back, because he's lanky, you know."