Getty Images / Matthew Stockman / Pictured: Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas, who lost to Gael Monfils, and Alexander Zverev were eliminated in the second round of the ATP Masters 1000 hard-court tournament in Toronto. Danil Medvedev was confidently promoted to the 1/8 finals.
Among the 16 matches in the second round of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Toronto, the one between Gaël Monfils and Stefanos Tsitsipas was the most interesting. The two tennis players play extremely attractively and captivate the audience. However, no emotion was expected. The encounter turned out to be surprisingly one-sided and ended in a surprise: the French won with the fourth seed from Greece 6:4, 6:3.
“I tried to attack, not let him dictate the game and pass a lot of balls across the court. I think I did well,” said Monfils, who had five aces , 24 finishers and three breaks in 85 minutes.
By beating Tsitsipas, currently ranked fourth in the ATP, the Frenchman won the 14th career victory against a Top 5 rival, but the first since March 2022, when he beat the then leader of the ranking in Indian Wells. , Daniel Medvedev. He also earned his 350th win on the main hard court.
Number 13 Alexander Zverev also dropped out. The German, who is on a six-game winning streak, won just three games against Alejandro Davidovich on Wednesday. In the third round, the Spaniard will face Casper Ruud, the “three” of the tournament.
Danil Medvedev, seeded number two, probably qualified for the 1/8 finals. The Muscovite admitted to feeling pressure before the start of the National Bank Open, but in his inaugural match he showed himself on the right side. He served nine aces, made 29 game winners and earned three breaks to beat qualifier Matteo Arnaldi 6-2, 7-5.
Medvedev’s next rival will be number 16. Lorenzo Musetti, who after a three-set and almost three-hour fight proved to be better than Thanasi Kokkinakis, a player from eliminations. Alex de Minaur also qualified for the 1/8 finals. The Aussie beat wild card holder Gabriel Diallo 6-4, 7-5 and will face tournament ‘eight’ Taylor Fritz in the quarter-finals.
National Bank Open, Toronto (Canada)
ATP Masters 1000, Hard Court, $6.600 million prize pool
Wednesday August 9
2nd singles round:
Daniil Medvedev (2) v Matteo Arnaldi (Italy, Q) 6-2, 7-5
Lorenzo Musetti (Italy, 16) v Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia, Q) 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
Gaël Monfils (France, PR) – Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece, 4th) 6-4, 6-3
Alejandro Davidovich (Spain) v Alexander Zverev (Germany, 13) 6-1, 6-2
Alex de Minaur (Australia) v Gabriel Diallo (Canada, World Cup) 6-4, 7-5
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