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Daniil Medvedev, who is hoping to become the first Russian champion in Moscow since 2009, beat Dusan Lajovic on Thursday at the VTB Kremlin Cup.

Medvedev Opens Moscow Quest

Krajinovic, Seppi also progress to quarter-finals

Second seed Daniil Medvedev began his quest for a fourth ATP World Tour crown of the season with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-2 victory over Dusan Lajovic of Serbia on Thursday at the VTB Kremlin Cup. He will next challenge Lithuanian lucky loser Ricardas Berankis in the quarter-finals.

The 22-year-old Russian, who is now 38-21 on the year, has lifted trophies at the Sydney International (d. De Minaur), the Winston-Salem Open (d. Johnson) and the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships 2018 (d. Nishikori).

Fourth-seeded Serbian Filip Krajinovic struck 12 aces past Evgeny Donskoy, the 2015 semi-finalist from Russia, for a 7-5, 6-4 second-round victory. He will next play Italian Andreas Seppi, who battled hard to overcome Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 7-6(6), 7-6(5) in one hour and 51 minutes. Seppi recovered from 1-4 down in the first set and saved five set points – three at 4-5 and two at 4/6 in the tie-break.

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Mirza Basic advanced to the quarter-finals when fifth seed Nick Kyrgios of Australia pulled out ahead of their match with an elbow injury. He will prepare to meet third-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov.

Did You Know?
There have been seven different Russian winners since the VTB Kremlin Cup was first staged in 1990. Andrei Cherkasov (1990-91), Alexander Volkov (1994), Yevgeny Kafelnikov (1997-2001), Nikolay Davydenko (2004, 2006-07), Igor Andreev (2005), Igor Kunitsyn (2008) and the recently retired Mikhail Youzhny (2009) are homegrown champions.

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