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Western & Southern Open: Defending Champ Daniil Medvedev Moves into Quarter-finals

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Last Updated: August 26, 2020, 00:10 IST

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Daniil Medvedev at Western & Southern Open in New York. (Photo Credit: AP)

Daniil Medvedev at Western & Southern Open in New York. (Photo Credit: AP)

Daniil Medvedev defeated Aljaz Bedene in straight sets to advance to Western & Southern Open quarter-finals.

Defending champion Daniil Medvedev returned to the quarterfinals at the Western & Southern Open with a 6-3, 6-3 victory Tuesday over Aljaz Bedene, who accidentally hit a ball that struck a TV cameraman in the stands between second-set points.

The cameraman did not appear hurt, but an ATP Tour supervisor came onto the court to determine whether Bedene should forfeit the match. Instead, he was given a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct.

As Bedene, a qualifier ranked 61st, left the court after the match was over, he walked over and exchanged a fist bump with the cameraman.

The No. 3-seeded Medvedev never faced a break point and won 89 per cent of the points when he put his first serve in play.

Last year, the Russian’s title at the Western & Southern Open was part of a stretch in which he reached the finals at six consecutive tournaments, including a runner-up finish to Rafael Nadal at the U.S. Open.

The Western & Southern Open usually is held in Ohio, but it was moved to New York this year as part of a no-spectators-allowed doubleheader at the U.S. Open site in Flushing Meadows to create a controlled environment amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Also moving into the quarter-finals with early and easy wins on Tuesday were two seeded women: No. 12 Anett Kontaveit and No. 14 Elise Mertens.

Kontaveit beat Marie Bouzkova 6-3, 6-3; Mertens defeated Veronika Kudermetova 6-2, 6-3.

Kudermetova surprised No. 1 seed Karolina Pliskova in the second round, while Bouzkova had eliminated two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed)
first published:August 25, 2020, 22:47 IST
last updated:August 26, 2020, 00:10 IST
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