ATP Cincinnati: Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev set all-Russian semis

The Toronto champion Daniil Medvedev is eager to win the second consecutive Masters 1000 title on his beloved hard court in Cincinnati. World no. 2 destroyed Pablo Carreno Busta 6-1, 6-1 in 54 minutes in the quarters, avenging the Tokyo Olympics loss and sailing into the semis. It was a brutal performance from Medvedev, losing six points behind the initial shot and taking over half of the return points to grab five breaks and seal the deal in under an hour. The Russian had a massive lead in the most extended rallies and took the shortest exchanges as well to race past the 7th seed and remain on the title course. Daniil landed an ace in the opening game to get his name on the scoreboard and broke in the next one to build an early advantage. The top seed closed the third game with an ace and placed a perfect drop shot at 3-1 to bring home another service game and maintain the advantage.

Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev will battle for a place in the final.

Carreno Busta landed a forehand wide to get broken in the sixth game, and Medvedev sealed the opener with an ace for 6-1 after 20 minutes! The encounter would have been even shorter without five deuces at the beginning of the second set. Daniil converted the fourth break chance in the end and raced into a 3-0 advantage with a forehand crosscourt winner that secured the ninth of the opening ten games for him! Serving at 1-5, Pablo wasted a 40-15 lead and dropped four straight points to experience another break and push Daniil into the semis.

Two years after the first Masters 1000 quarter-final in Cincinnati, Andrey Rublev went further thanks to a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 triumph over Benoit Paire in an hour and 39 minutes. It was Paire’s best tournament in a while and his best Masters 1000 result in almost a decade, playing well but finishing his journey in the quarters. He broke Andrey once and suffered three breaks that pushed the Russian through. Rublev tamed his strokes nicely and built the lead in the quickest and more extended exchanges to check his third Masters 1000 semi-final in 2021. After a slow start, Paire started to play better in set number two, serving well and hoping for more in the decider. Instead, Andrey broke him with a smash winner at the net at 4-3 and sealed the deal with an ace in the next one to set an all-Russian semi-final.