Russian world number 1 Daniil Medvedev beat Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis (6-2, 6-2) Thursday at the Los Cabos tournament.
World No.1 Daniil Medvedev, who returns to competition in Los Cabos after a month and a half of absence, easily qualified for the semi-finals of the Mexican tournament on hard surface on Thursday, dismissing 6- 2, 6-2 the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis.
If he had taken 90 minutes the day before to get rid of Australian Rinky Hijikata, from qualifying (6-4, 6-3), the Russian was a little more expeditious this time, winning in 1h19.
“It was (an opposition) very different. My opponent today played much more aggressively. To be honest, against this type of player you sometimes don’t have much to do. You just have to try to serve well, to bring the balls back into the court, ”he soberly commented.
Which he did very well. In search of a first title this season, he lost only three points on his first serve (8 aces) and took the opposing service four times, twice per set, while saving the two break points offered to his opponent in the first round.
He will face in the last four the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, 38th in the world, who beat 6-2, 6-4 the American Brandon Nakashima. He had won their first confrontation in the 3rd round of Roland-Garros in the spring.
Deprived of Wimbledon after the decision of the organizers to ban the Russians and Belarusians as a punishment after the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army, Medvedev had not played since the quarter-final of the tournament on grass in Mallorca, lost to Roberto Bautista on June 23.
For the time being, he is starting the American summer calmly, with a view to the US Open, of which he is the defending champion.