At the Paris-Rolex-Masters 2021, Hubert Hurkacz achieved a crucial success in the Masters race. The Pole – blocked by tension and very far from 100% – still managed to get the better of Dominik Koepfer 4-6 7-5 6-2. The winner of the Masters 1000 in Miami will see it in the quarters with James Duckworth, who won the Australian derby with Alexei Popyrin (7-6 6-4).
Casper Ruud reaches the quarter-finals by destroying the American Marcos Giron, leaving him only three games and competing in a one-way race.
Alexander Zverev’s positive streak continues. The German wins a race that he probably would have given up in other times.
He wins the first set in the tiebreak against an excellent Dimitrov, in the second he has two break points as match point in the eleventh game but does not score them and the Bulgarian dominates the tiebreak. In the third set Sascha cancels several break points that would have put him down and then gets the decisive break in the seventh game.
The reigning champion Daniil Medvedev enters the semifinals. The Russian struggled in the first set and was forced to yield to the young American talent Sebastian Korda. The Russian then grows sharply while the golden boy with stars and stripes slows down and Medvedev enters the quarters, winning the last two sets without any particular problems. Carlos Alcaraz beaten by Hugo Gaston.
Novak Djokovic qualified for the quarter-finals without even going down on the court, due to the preventive retirement due to a physical problem of Frenchman Gael Monfils, in what it was the most anticipated challenge of the day.
Monfils, always defeated by the Serbian in the previous 17, had suffered a muscle injury (probably to the thigh) in the middle of yesterday’s match against Mannarino.