Competing on clay for the first time in 2021, world no. 3 Daniil Medvedev confirmed once again that he can’t handle the slowest surface at the moment. The Russian passed the second round at the Madrid Open but couldn’t do the same against the 16th seed Cristian Garin, with the Chilean beating the Russian 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 after two and a half hours. Daniil stayed in touch in the opening two sets before losing ground in the decider, getting broken thrice and creating only one chance on the return that Garin fended off to keep the initial shot intact. The Chilean tamed his strokes nicely, hitting 29 winners and 24 unforced errors and taking advantage of over 40 unforced mistakes from world no. 3.
Cristian had the upper hand in the shortest and mid-range exchanges to seal the deal in style and advance into the quarters. Daniil lost serve at 1-1 in the opener following a costly double fault, with Cristian producing four comfortable holds after that for 6-4 thanks to a service winner in game ten. Medvedev saved a break point at the beginning of the second set and matched the rival’s pace in the remaining games to force a tie break that he won 7-2. Starting all over, Garin produced four fine holds in the final set and broke the opponent in games four and six to build a massive advantage and move over the top with a hold at deuce at 5-1.
Daniil Medvedev suffered an early loss at the Madrid Open.
The 8th seed Matteo Berrettini will compete in the third Masters 1000 quarter-final thanks to a 7-6, 6-4 triumph over Federico Delbonis in an hour and 36 minutes. The Italian lost 16 points in 11 service games and got broken once, earning two breaks that pushed him through. There were no breaks in the opening set, and Matteo claimed the breaker 7-4 for a massive boost. They traded breaks early in the second set, and the Italian earned another at 5-4 when Delbonis netted a forehand to advance into the last eight. Alexander Bublik toppled the Australian Open semi-finalist Aslan Karatsev 6-4, 6-3 in 74 minutes for his second Masters 1000 quarter-final of the season and the 19th win in 2021. The Kazakh fired 14 winners and nine double faults, repelling seven out of eight break chances and earning three breaks that carried him over the top against the better-ranked opponent.