September 19, 2019 / 9:31 PM / 3 months ago

ATP roundup: Medvedev cruises in St. Petersburg

Daniil Medvedev, back in action for the first time since losing in the U.S. Open final, cruised to a 7-5, 6-3 win over fellow Russian Evgeny Donskoy in the second round of the St. Petersburg (Russia) Open on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Sep 8, 2019; Flushing, NY, USA; Daniil Medvedev of Russia hits a backhand against Rafael Nadal of Spain (not pictured) in the menÕs singles final on day fourteen of the 2019 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The tournament’s top seed, the fourth-ranked Medvedev had a first-round bye. Against Donskoy, a wild-card entrant ranked 118th, Medvedev prevailed despite putting just 58 percent of his first serves in play.

The second seed, Russia’s Karen Khachanov, didn’t survive his first match, falling 7-6 (2), 6-4 to Portugal’s Joao Sousa.

Third-seeded Matteo Berrettini of Italy, fourth-seeded Borna Coric of Croatia, fifth-seeded Andrey Rublev of Russia and eighth-seeded Casper Ruud of Norway all won second-round matches. Coric rallied from being down a set and a break, and he led 6-7 (5), 7-5, 3-0 when Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics retired.

Medvedev and Rublev will square off Friday in an all-Russian quarter-final.

Moselle Open

Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta needed just 71 minutes to rout top-seeded David Goffin of Belgium 6-3, 6-2 in the second round at Metz, France.

Carreno Busta faced only one break point while converting four of his nine break opportunities.

In the quarter-finals, Carreno Busta will square off with Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene, a 7-6 (9), 6-2 winner over seventh-seeded Gilles Simon of France.

Frenchmen Lucas Pouille, the fourth seed, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga advanced, as did second-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.

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