Vienna | Medvedev and Evans make last 16

The top seed at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, Austria, Daniil Medvedev has progressed smoothly to the last 16 as expected.

Medvedev, seeded No.1, set up a meeting on Friday with 2019 champion and home favourite Dominic Thiem by beating Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-2 6-2.

The win marks a successful comeback from the Astana Open earlier in the month, when Medvedev had to retire in the third set of a tight semi-final where he picked up a muscle strain against Novak Djokovic.

He showed no signs of that strain during the match as he delivered 10 aces and converted four of five break points.

Also through is Britain’s No.2, unseeded at this ATP 500 event, who inflicted a very comfortable 6-2 6-2 victory over US Open semi-finalist of Moscow, Karen Khachanov.

The 32-year-old Brummie, ranked 26th in the world, took 76-minutes to progress into the quarter finals where he will face Denis Shapovalov after the Canadian edged past fourth seeded American Taylor Fritz, 6-1 4-6 6-3.

The Briton had little problem against his second-round opponent, who struggled with his serving and conceded eight break points, with Evans winning five of them for his comfortable win.

In other action Italy’s Jannik Sinner overcame Cristian Garin, of Chile, 6-3 6-2 and will next face another South American in Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina.

Also through is American Marcus Giron who beat Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands 6-4 6-2 and advance to face Britain’s No.1, Cameron Norrie, the seventh seed, who progressed earlier in the week.



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