ATP US Open: Daniil Medvedev sends clear message to Novak Djokovic

World no. 2 Daniil Medvedev is through to his fifth Major quarter-final following a commanding 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Daniel Evans in an hour and 43 minutes. Thus, the former US Open finalist remains on the title clash course, facing favorable rivals in the next two rounds and looking good to set a potential meeting against world no. 1 Novak Djokovic in the second Major final of the season. The Russian dropped 20 points behind the initial shot and faced only two break chances, getting broken once and mounting the pressure on the other side. On the other hand, Daniil stole almost half of the return points and delivered five breaks from eight opportunities that kept him safe. Medvedev counted to 43 winners and 20 unforced mistakes, and Evans failed to match those numbers, having no weapons to challenge a better-ranked rival despite a solid effort.

Daniil Medvedev is through to his fifth Major quarter-final.

Daniil kicked off the action with a hold at 15 before Daniel got his name on the scoreboard with a volley winner at the net in the next one. The Russian secured the third game with a forehand winner and grabbed a break at 15 a few minutes later following the Briton’s double fault. Daniil held after deuce in the fifth game to confirm the advantage and secured another good hold at 4-2 to stay in front. Evans saved a set point in the eighth game to prolong the set before Medvedev closed it at 5-3 after forcing the rival’s mistake. Pushing strong, Daniil broke at love at the beginning of the second set and cemented it with a perfect lob in game two.

Daniel fended off break chances in the third game and gained some confidence before earning his only break in game six. The Briton could not stay on that level for too long, though, suffering a break at love at 3-3 and squandering a break opportunity in the next one. Daniil closed the set with a service winner in game ten and built a massive advantage ahead of the third. The Russian did not lose a point behind the initial shot in the third set, and Evans failed to follow that pace. The Briton got broken in games three and nine to propel his opponent into the quarter-final, where he faces a qualifier Botic Van de Zandschulp.