Daniil Medvedev Beats Lorenzo Sonego at the Monte Carlo Masters to Set Up a Match with Alexander Zverev Daniil Medvedev won his first clay-court match of the year on Wednesday by a score of 6-3, 6-2 to set up a match with Alexander Zverev.
Medvedev won his 25th match in 26 tour-level matches, breaking Sonego at the first attempt and twice more in the second set.”It’s totally unique on earth, yet certainty is a certainty,” the third seed added.
Medvedev, who won for the 30th time this season, will play Zverev in the round of 16 for the first time on clay.
Medvedev, who has won seven of the previous thirteen matches against Zverev, stated, “We’ve had some tough matches.”
After tearing ankle ligaments against Rafael Nadal in the French Open semi-finals last year, Zverev is still figuring out his way back.
Casper Ruud Beats Botic van de Zandschulp Casper Ruud, fresh off winning the Estoril title last weekend, defeated Botic van de Zandschulp 7-5, 7-6 (7/1) to begin his Monte Carlo campaign.
“It is never simple to begin at another competition and against a player I have lost to previously,” said Ruud, who retaliated for his initial exit because of Van de Zandschulp in Miami.
After the German defeated Alex de Minaur, the 14th seed, 6-3, 6-2, Ruud, a semi-finalist in the Principality two years ago, will take on Jan-Lennard Struff in the next match.
Holger Rune : Denmark
Holger Rune, a teenager from Denmark, defeated Dominic Thiem, the two-time runner-up at the French Open, 6-2, 6-4. Jannik Sinner won the match after Diego Schwartzman retired with a set and a breakdown.
The ninth seed Karen Khachanov defeated Ilya Ivashka in straight sets to set up a matchup with Andrey Rublev.
Thursday’s quarterfinal match pits young Lorenzo Musetti of Italy against Novak Djokovic.
Musetti, who broadly drove Djokovic by two sets at Roland Garros in 2021 preceding being compelled to resign, whipped qualifier Luca Nardi 6-0, 6-0.
Djokovic, the world number one, is competing in his first tournament since his anti-Covid vaccination stance prevented him from obtaining a waiver to enter the United States for the Indian Wells and Miami events last month.
Despite losing a 5-0 lead in the first set, Matteo Berrettini prevailed in a topsy-turvy three-set match against Argentine Francisco Cerundolo.
The Italians came back to dominate the tiebreak of the second set, winning 5-7, 7-6 (7/1), 6-4.
Taylor Fritz, ranked eighth in the US, defeated Stan Wawrinka, the Monte Carlo champion from 2014, 6-2, 7-6 (12/10).
After defeating Alexei Popyrin of Australia in three sets, Nicolas Jarry of Chile will face Stefanos Tsitsipas, the defending champion twice.