Second seed Daniil Medvedev topples Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, punching his ticket into the Astana Open semifinals on Friday.
Daniil Medvedev toppled Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-1 in 64 minutes and will face fourth seed Novak Djokovic, who advanced to his sixth semifinal of the season by ousting World No. 18 Karen Khachanov, for a place in the final at the Astana Open.
In his on-court interview, Medvedev outlined: “I am happy to play the right game, to be really solid, and to do everything I can to make his life difficult, and I am really happy to beat him.”
Adding: “I tried to mix it up as it is not easy to play against Roberto. I tried to mix it up and surprise him a little bit, and it worked very well.”
Meeting one another for the sixth time on Tour, Medvedev arrived in Astana at the back of a challenging week in Metz, which saw him falling to Stan Wawrinka, who reached the last eight at the Moselle Open.
Meanwhile, the Spaniard made his first appearance at tour level since his first-round exit at the US Open last September.
As the action set off, it became clear the World No. 4 was a man on a mission, looking to claim his 40th win of the season, keeping his chances alive to capture a second title in 2022.
The Moscow native came out too strong, bringing Bautista Agut under pressure for the first time in the match at the start of the first set when he converted his first break point and held to take a 2-0 lead that he would extend 3-0 after producing a double break over the Spanish player.
Wise behind his serve, mastering his flat groundstrokes, Medvedev marched to produce a third break of serve over his opponent to seal the opener 6-1 in half an hour.
At a fast pace, the 26-year-old went the distance in the second set, producing a double break over the World No. 21, fending off his rival’s attempts to recover, and controlling play with a tennis masterclass.
Bautista Agut struggled to find his rhythm throughout the top encounter, albeit he found some success when charging at the net and while playing the longer points against the former world number one.
Regardless of his efforts, the 34-year-old could not halt Medvedev from storming to victory, closing out the second set 6-1 when serving for the match to move into the last four at the ATP 500 tournament.
The former US Open champion won 88 percent of his first serve points, while Bautista Agut won just 48 percent on his.
In addition, the 14-time ATP titlist converted six of fourteen breakpoint opportunities, committing one double fault and firing six aces.
On Saturday, Djokovic and Medvedev will meet for the 11th time on Tour.
The 21-time Grand Slam champion leads their series 6-4, having played one another for the last time in November at the Paris Masters final, which the former won.
In that regard, the Los Cabos reigning champion commented: “I am really happy to play against Novak. I thought about it before the match, and we have only played one tournament together this year, Roland Garros.
“This is the second one, and we meet again, and I am really happy.”