Daniil Medvedev stopped the dream of Christopher Eubanks at the 2023 Miami Open to keep his going.
The 26-year-old American was having an incredible week. He came through the qualifying and reached his first ATP 1000 quarterfinals. Thanks to his performance, he is set to break into the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings for the first time in his career. But his dream run in Miami won't continue as Medvedev stopped him in the quarterfinals.
After losing in the Indian Wells final and ending his 19-match winning streak, the Russian said that it's time to build a new streak and he was being serious. At the 2023 Miami Open, he will be playing already in the semifinals as even a rain delay didn't stop him in the previous round.
Medvedev and Eubanks met for the first time and fans at the Hard Rock Stadium were surely not disappointed by what they saw. Eubanks racked up 37 winners while making only 10 unforced errors, while Medvedev hit 27 winning shots and made only 11 unforced errors.
Despite seemingly leading in the statistics, Eubanks couldn't capitalize on his good showing in crucial moments. In the fourth game of the first set, he had five chances to steal his opponent's serve, but Medvedev saved every break point that the American had.
A few games later, the Russian had his first chance to break and he used it to lead for the first time in the match. After confirming the break with a hold of serve, Medvedev broke once again, winning the first set 6-3.
In the second set, the Russian broke first again, but this time, he was broken back by Eubanks who was looking to take the second set into a tie-break.
However, in the twelfth game, he felt the pressure and the former world no. 1 used all of his experience to use that to his advantage. Medvedev broke the American, winning the match 6-3, 7-5 to reach the 2023 Miami Open semifinals. He will await fellow compatriot Karen Khachanov or Francisco Cerundolo in the semifinals.