In a thrilling match that lasted more than three hours, Daniil Medvedev defeated Andrey Shevchenko in three sets to advance to the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open.
The Russian star showed his resilience and determination as he came back from a set down to win 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-4.
The first set was a tight affair, with both players holding their serve until the tiebreak. Shevchenko, who had upset Alexander Zverev in the previous round, played with confidence and aggression, hitting 12 winners and only four unforced errors.
He took the tiebreak 7-4 after a forehand error from Medvedev.
The second set was even more dramatic, as Medvedev raised his level and started to dictate the rallies with his powerful groundstrokes. He broke Shevchenko’s serve in the third game and had a chance to serve for the set at 5-4.
However, Shevchenko fought back and broke back with a stunning backhand pass. The set went to another tiebreak, where Medvedev saved two match points at 3-6 with two aces.
He then won four points in a row to take the set 7-6 (5) and force a decider.
The final set was a test of stamina and mental strength for both players, who had been on court for more than two and a half hours. Medvedev looked fresher and more focused, while Shevchenko started to show signs of fatigue and frustration.
The decisive break came in the seventh game, when Medvedev converted his third break point with a forehand winner. He then held his nerve and served out the match at 6-4, sealing his victory with a smash.
Medvedev celebrated his win with a roar and a fist pump, as he reached his first clay-court quarterfinal at Masters 1000 level. He will face either Rafael Nadal or Diego Schwartzman in the next round.
Shevchenko, meanwhile, received a warm applause from the crowd for his valiant effort and impressive performance.
This was the third meeting between Medvedev and Shevchenko, and the second one this year. Medvedev had won both of their previous encounters, in Dubai in 2019 and in Rotterdam in 2021.
However, this was their first match on clay, which is considered to be Shevchenko’s preferred surface.
Final Thoughts: Medvedev Shows Resilience and Advances to Madrid Quarterfinals
Daniil Medvedev’s victory over Andrey Shevchenko in the Madrid Open was a testament to his resilience and determination. Despite being a set down and facing two match points in the second set tiebreak, Medvedev never lost his focus and kept fighting until the very end.
He showed his class as one of the top players in the world, using his powerful groundstrokes and mental strength to overcome a tough opponent.
Shevchenko, who had upset Alexander Zverev in the previous round, also played an impressive match and showed why he is a rising star on the ATP tour.
He displayed a confident and aggressive style of play, hitting winners and keeping Medvedev on his toes throughout the match. However, he could not maintain his level of play in the decisive moments of the match, and Medvedev capitalized on his chances to secure the win.
This victory was a significant milestone for Medvedev, as he advanced to his first clay-court quarterfinal at the Masters 1000 level. He will face a tough challenge in either Rafael Nadal or Diego Schwartzman in the next round, but his confidence and form will make him a formidable opponent for anyone.
Overall, this match was a thrilling and entertaining display of high-level tennis, showcasing the skills and resilience of two talented players. Medvedev’s victory was well-deserved, and it will be interesting to see how he performs in the later rounds of the tournament.