ATP Roland Garros: Daniil Medvedev tops Cristian Garin to stay on world No. 1 course

Heading to Paris with no Roland Garros victories under his belt, world no. 2 Daniil Medvedev has scored four wins at the clay Major this week to find himself in the quarter-final. With the ATP throne within his sight, Daniil will compete in the fourth Major quarter-final following victories over Alexander Bublik, Tommy Paul, Reilly Opelka and Cristian Garin. The Russian dropped one set en route to the last eight, finding his A-game on the least favorite surface and remaining on the title course after beating Garin 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 in two hours and four minutes. Daniil fired 14 aces and controlled the pace with 46 winners and 32 unforced errors, stealing half of the return points and delivering six breaks that carried him home. Garin couldn’t follow that pace after creating only two break chances, taking Medvedev’s serve once and finishing his journey in the fourth round after a solid resistance only in the third set.

Daniil Medvedev is through to his first Roland Garros quarter-final.

Daniil forged the advantage in the shortest range up to four strokes, playing well behind the serve and the first groundstroke for a place in the last eight. The Chilean sprayed a forehand error in the fourth game to suffer a break and fall 3-1 behind. Medvedev did everything right in the opener and closed it with another break at 5-2 following his rival’s double fault. The Russian moved 2-0 ahead in set number two with a break at love thanks to Garin’s forehand mistake, producing four comfortable holds and opening a 4-0 advantage when Cristian netted a forehand.

Serving for the set, Medvedev placed an ace in game seven for a 6-2, 6-1 lead after 70 minutes, looking good to seal the deal in the third. Raising his level, Garin claimed 12 of the first 16 points in the third set to open a 3-0 gap before Medvedev pulled the break back at love in game five to reduce the deficit and gain momentum. By the end of the set, the Russian barely lost a point behind the initial shot and mounted the pressure on the other side, forcing the Chilean to repeat that to stay alive. Cristian fought well until 5-5 when he wasted two game points and allowed Daniil to grab a break with two incredible forehand down the line winners. Serving for the victory at 6-5, Daniil landed a perfect backhand down the line winner to seal the deal in style and remain on the course to become world no. 1 after Paris.