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French Open: Medvedev sets up quarter-final clash with Tsitsipas

Prime Sports, International (Paris), June 7:- Daniil Medvedev eased through to the French Open quarter-finals with a comprehensive 6-2 6-1 7-5 victory over Cristian Garin, to set up an intriguing last eight showdown against fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Medvedev had suffered four consecutive opening-round defeats at Roland Garros ahead of this year’s showpiece, but his new-found love affair with the Parisian clay continued as he eased to a straight-sets win over the Chilean.

The world No 2 was beaten by Garin in their only other clay-court contest at the Madrid Masters, but he was relatively untroubled on a sun-bathed Court Suzanne Lenglen, striking 46 winners and winning 86 per cent of points on his first serve.

The 25-year-old’s backhand was a constant weapon in the opening exchanges, as he broke the 22nd seed twice in each of the first two sets to establish a commanding cushion.

Garin enjoyed a brief revival to move a break up in the third, although having overturned the deficit, Medvedev sealed the deal in style, conjuring up consecutive forehand winners down the line in the penultimate game.

“I hope the people that come on Tuesday think: ‘He seems nice and he speaks French, so let’s cheer him on’,” quipped Medvedev, who was seen conducting the crowd and raising his arms aloft in the latter stages of the contest.

The 25-year-old’s backhand was a constant weapon in the opening exchanges, as he broke the 22nd seed twice in each of the first two sets to establish a commanding cushion.

Garin enjoyed a brief revival to move a break up in the third, although having overturned the deficit, Medvedev sealed the deal in style, conjuring up consecutive forehand winners down the line in the penultimate game.

“I hope the people that come on Tuesday think: ‘He seems nice and he speaks French, so let’s cheer him on’,” quipped Medvedev, who was seen conducting the crowd and raising his arms aloft in the latter stages of the contest.

Alexander Zverev sailed through to the last-eight at Roland Garros with an emphatic straight-sets triumph over Kei Nishikori, in a battle of the former US Open finalists.

The enigmatic German came out on top in a competitive opening set, before running riot to complete a 6-4 6-1 6-1 victory in less than two hours on a deserted Court Philippe Chatrier.

Having prevailed in a series of gruelling five-set epics to reach round four, Nishikori was unable to recover from losing the first set, with the former world No 4 winning just 40 per cent of points on his first serve against a ruthless Zverev. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

 

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