Miami Open: Daniil Medvedev enters the last 16
Miami Open: Daniil Medvedev remains the favorite for the title.©AFP
Daniil Medvedev entered the last 16 of the Miami Open on Monday with a complete straight-set triumph over Spaniard Pedro Martinez. The Russian seed remains the favorite for the title and his 6-3, 6-4 win was as clinical as the one that kicked Andy Murray out of the tournament in the previous round. Martinez competed well, but once he was beaten by Medvedev midway through the second set, the defending US Open champion never looked back and took the win in an hour and 24 minutes. “I hit 14 aces and felt pretty good, the second set was tight but I managed to stay consistent,” Medvedev said in an on-court interview.
The 26-year-old will regain the world number one spot by reaching the semi-finals in Miami.
Medvedev will face Jenson Brooksby, 21, after the American beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 on Monday.
Brooksby made headlines early in the tournament for throwing his racquet at a ball boy in a first-round victory that resulted in a $15,000 fine.
Brooksby knows he has to channel his emotions the right way and hopes his decent form continues against Medvedev.
A run to the fourth round of the US Open last year was buoyed by a last-16 loss at Indian Wells and now the chance to reach the quarter-finals in Miami.
“It’s a big learning curve for me,” he told AFP. “I’m definitely the type of player who needs to play with emotion.
“But like my coach said, I have to work to balance it better and find other ways to vent the frustration because what happened was unacceptable and I’m so sorry. I have to learn from what happened. ‘happened.
“Daniil has a very solid game and is obviously in the top two in the world for a reason, but the more matches I play on these big stages can only help me.”
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