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Medvedev, Goffin, Gasquet and Nishioka advance to the quarterfinals

Medvedev, Goffin, Gasquet and Nishioka advance to the quarterfinals

There were no surprises in the morning session of the fourth day of the Cincinnati Masters 1,000 tennis tournament with the triumphs of the seeds: the Russian Daniil Medvedev, ninth, and the Belgian David Goffin, sixteenth, who obtained the pass to the quarter finals.

Previously they had also achieved the French veteran Richard Gasquet and the young Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka, who reached the quarter-finals of a Masters 1,000 for the first time in his professional career.

Medvedev confirmed that he is in his best moment of play and only needed an hour and five minutes to win 6-2 and 6-1 over German Jan-Lennard Struff, who on Wednesday gave one of the surprises by eliminating the young Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, fifth seeded.

With a solid tennis from the back of the court and a good serve, Medvedev will rival in the quarterfinals the winner of the third round match between the legendary Roger Federer, third seed, and the young Russian Andrey Rublev, who reached the draw lead through qualifying.

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Goffin had to make a greater effort before beating Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (6) 6-2 and getting a place in the quarterfinals, where he will face Nishioka, the Japanese promise, 23 years old, who beat Australian Alex De Minaur 7-5 and 6-4, in a duel with the new promises of the ATP.

Nishioka continued his fairytale career in what has been his best 1000 Masters qualification in just 24 hours after beating his hero, sixth-seeded compatriot Kei Nishikori, for the first Top victory. 10 in his career.

The young Japanese tennis player, number 77 in the world, once again showed great strength with his game from the back of the court and his serve also remained consistent.

Nishioka, who is now 2-0 in the duels against the Australian tennis player, achieved a “break” in each set that allowed him to establish the difference in the final score.

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Although the 20-year-old De Minaur performed well with his serve, winning 28 of 32 points on the first serve, but in the end he could not with the more consistent tennis of Nishioka.

De Minaur set 20-14 the mark he has achieved so far this season, including the two ATP Tour titles, the Sydney International and the BB&T Atlanta Open.

The duel between Nishioka and Goffin, 28, will be their third on the ATP circuit, tied at 1-1 in the previous two.

For his part, Gasquet, 33, turned the clock back in a classic performance against Diego Schwartzman, the last Argentine tennis player left in the singles main draw, and won the duel 7-6 (6), 6-3 that allowed him to reach the quarterfinals.

Gasquet, who underwent groin surgery in January, competed with great intelligence to overcome an opponent who showed greater physical power, but who in the end, in the hour and 48 minutes that the match lasted, could not avoid defeat, although he had every opportunity to achieve it.

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The veteran French tennis player rallied from a 2-5 adverse run in the first set to take it to the tiebreaker and saved two 4/6 set points, before taking a 3-0 lead in the second set.

Gasquet booked a spot in his first ATP Masters 1,000 quarter-final since April 2018, at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters with a winning forehand.

The victory was the thirty-fourth he has achieved this season. Gasquet won 42 of his 77 points on streaks of less than five strokes.

Gasquet’s rival, who now has a 3-0 record in the duels against Schwartzman, will be the winner of the match tonight that the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut, eleventh seed, will play against the 19-year-old Serbian. years, Miomir Kecmanovic, 58 of the world, who reached the main draw through qualifying.

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