ATP Miami: Daniil Medvedev eases past Quentin Halys


Daniil Medvedev and Quentin Halys had to wait until 12:30 am to start their fourth-round clash in Miami. The rain allowed them to complete the encounter, with Medvedev scoring a 6-4, 6-2 victory in 70 minutes for a place in the quarter-final. Daniil’s serve worked like a charm, dropping 14 points in nine service games and never facing a break point. Quentin struggled to follow that pace, facing four break points and giving serve away three times to end his run in the fourth round. The Russian fired 28 winners and eight unforced errors, and the Frenchman could not stay in contention after hitting 19 direct points and 21 mistakes. Daniil had the upper hand in the shortest and mid-range rallies, imposing his strokes and breaking the rival’s resistance in set number two. Halys fired a forehand winner in the encounter’s first game after deuces to get his name on the scoreboard. Medvedev closed the second game in under a minute and reached another deuce on the return in game three before Halys closed it for 2-1.

Daniil Medvedev is safely through into the Miami Open quarter-final.

Daniil experienced deuces in the fourth game and clinched it with a drop shot winner. The Russian earned a break chance in game five with a backhand crosscourt winner and seized it following the rival’s loose forehand to open a 3-2 gap. Daniil held at love in game six with an ace to confirm the advantage before Quentin grabbed the next one with a forehand down the line winner. Medvedev landed another ace in game eight to open a 5-3 gap, forcing Halys to serve to stay in the set. A left-hander held in the ninth game with a beautiful winner to reduce the deficit to 5-4. Daniil served for the opener in game ten and forced Quentin’s mistake to wrap up the set 6-4 in 37 minutes.

Medvedev claimed an extended rally at the start of the second set to secure a break and move closer to the finish line. The Russian confirmed the lead with a winner at the net in game two and came from 30-0 down in the fourth game to wrap it up with a backhand crosscourt winner. Losing ground in those moments, Quentin netted a routine backhand in the fifth game to experience a break and fall 4-1 behind. Medvedev landed a forehand winner in game six to open a 5-1 gap and force the rival to serve to stay in the match. The Frenchman took the seventh game at love, and the Russian sealed the deal with a service winner at 5-2 to book a place in the last eight. 

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