Rain Delay? No Problem! Medvedev Eases Into Miami Open Quarterfinals

Rain Delay? No Problem! Medvedev Eases Into Miami Open Quarterfinals

by Alfredo Bassanelli

Daniil Medvedev will be playing in the 2023 Miami Open quarterfinals although rain attempted to stop him.

The 27-year-old was recently on a 19-match winning streak which was snapped by Carlos Alcaraz in the Indian Wells final. After the final loss, Medvedev remained positive and stated that it was time to build a new streak and he's doing exactly that at the 2023 Miami Open as he reached already quarterfinals.

After a bye in the first round and defeating Roberto Carballes Baena in the second round, the former world no. 1 could enjoy a little bit of Miami as his third-round opponent Alex Molcan withdrew from their match, granting him a walkover.

A few days later, Medvedev returned refreshed and it was obvious from his performance, despite the match being rain delayed. His fourth-round opponent, Quentin Halys, is known for his big serve but that wasn't a weapon against the Russian, who stands far behind the baseline on returns.

In the first set, Medvedev had a few solid service games and a couple in which he had to go through a deuce. However, he never faced a break point and that was enough for him.

On the other hand, he made his opponent crumble under pressure in the fifth game, and after using the only break point of the first set, Medvedev was set to lead in the match. He won the first set 6-4 and quickly switched his focus to the second.

The 2021 US Open champion remained focused on the business and was ruthless whenever he got a chance to break his opponent. Overall, Medvedev used three of four break points that he had in the match, breaking Halys two more times in the second set.

After an hour and 11 minutes of play, the Russian won 6-4, 6-2, while hitting incredible 30 winners and making only 5 unforced errors. Up next, he will be taking on the American sensation Chris Eubanks, who broke into the Top 100 thanks to his performance in Miami and didn't hide his emotions after the fourth-round win against Adrian Mannarino.

“It feels good, it feels good. Just like yesterday felt good, this feels great. Just something about all of the delays and the stopping, the starting, the warming up and cooling down and warming up, it makes a match like this even sweeter and to think it was for my first Masters 1000 quarter-final is really, really special. It feels great, it feels good right now.”


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