Opelka Fights Back To Oust Medvedev At St. Petersburg Open

  • Opelka Fights Back To Oust Medvedev At St. Petersburg Open

Opelka Fights Back To Oust Medvedev At St. Petersburg Open

The Russian won 6 of his last 10 matches.

Second-seeded Denis Shapovalov had little trouble beating Belarusian qualifier Ilya Ivashka 6-1, 6-4 in their second-round match and next plays Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals. He outpointed his opponent 55-40. So far, the 18th-ranked Swiss has been pushed to three sets in both of his earlier matches, against Dan Evans and Evgeny Donskoy.

Britain's Cameron Norrie will face Andrey Rublev for a place in the semi-final. No. 4 Karen Khachanov posted a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over wild card and fellow Russian Aslan Karatsev and No. 6 Milos Raonic of Canada rolled to a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan.

Fourth-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain notched a 6-0, 6-3 win over Corentin Moutet of France, while Italy's Marco Cecchinato defeated American Tommy Paul 7-6 (1) 6-4. I had great admiration for him even before previous year, he seems to me one of the funniest tennis players to see, so I am very happy because it is a great victory for me, "said the American, who will meet Borna Coric in the next round".

From 30-all in the final game, Opelka won the final two points, including a demonstrative cross-court forehand victor on match point - his 35th victor of the match to go along with 11 service aces - to break Medvedev.

Opelka will next face last year's runner-up Borna Coric after the seventh-seeded Croat enjoyed a 6-3, 7-5 win over Russian wild card Roman Safiullin.

"It's always a tough match, playing one of the best players in the world in general, but especially at his home". [It is] a great win for me.

The 6-foot-11 American recovered from a shaky first set to record an upset of the defending champion in the hardcourt event. "For a guy like me, playing against Daniil is very hard, he seems like a nightmare player to me". Raonic served nine aces and won 71 percent (42 of 59) of his service points.