Shanghai | Korda tops Medvedev and Evans faces Alcaraz

Britain’s No.2, Dan Evans, the 33-year-old from Birmingham seeded 30, secured the only win by a Brit at the Rolex Shanghai Masters when his opponent, Mikhael Kukushkin of Kazakstan, retired when trailing 6-2 3-0 but his ‘run’ however, could be short-lived as he takes on the top seed Carlos Alcaraz next.

It was definitely one of the (high) points of the year for me, I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m just very happy with the way I played today Sebastian Korda

Evans has played the young Spaniard twice before but has yet to score a win over the 20-year-old from Murcia, Spain with their last encounter being at the semi-final stage of Barcelona.

Over recent weeks however, Alcaraz has shown some vulnerability having been beaten in the semis of New York and Beijing by Daniil Medvedev and Jannik Sinner respectively.

Medvedev, who won the Shanghai title in 2019 when it was last played before the Covid pandemic shut down the world, was hoping to hang on to the trophy this year but has seen his campaign cut short by Sebastian Korda of the US who has caused the biggest upset of the tournament so far.

Daniil Medvedev (R) congratulates Sebastian Korda on his win

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Korda won 7-6(8) 6-2 and had set points in the tiebreaker, crucially losing when leading 6-4 as the American held firm to eventually capture it 10-8 and comfortably roll through the second.

“We played really good tennis from the beginning,” Korda said. “We had some long rallies. I’m just really happy to get that first set under my belt and then it was just a matter of getting into one of his service games and hopefully taking it home after.

“He’s so quick, it’s really tough to get anything by him, especially when you have a court this big and the balls get pretty fluffy out here, so it gets a little bit slower,” he added. “It was definitely one of the (high) points of the year for me, I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m just very happy with the way I played today.”

Korda lost just four points on his second serve and never dropped serve though out the contest to claim his second win over the Russian in three meetings.

Casper Ruud (R) shakes hands with Christopher Eubanks following their third round encounter

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In other action the 8th seeded Norwegian, Casper Ruud eliminated the 29th seed Christopher Eubanks of the US 6-4 6-2 while the Beijing champion, Jannik Sinner advanced past 25th seeded Sebastian Baez of Argentina, 3-6 6-3 6-2.

Also through are 5th seeded Andrey Rublev who beat Quentin Halys of France 6-4 7-5. and Hubert Hurkacz, the 16th seed from Poland who ousted the Chinese Taipei qualifier Yu Hsiou Hsu 6-4 6-4 while the 20th seeded Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina got the better of Hungarian Marton Fucsovics in what was a thrilling 3-6 6-4 7-5 encounter.

Finally American teenager Ben Shelton defeated Russia’s Roman Safiullin 3-6 6-3 6-4 and Chinas Zhang Zhizhen kept home hopes alive with a 7-6(2) 6-2 win over another American, Brandon Nakashima.



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