Medvedev Sweeps Into Paris SFs, Schwartzman Made To Wait
Russian star to next challenge Raonic
Daniil Medvedev booked his place in the Rolex Paris Masters semi-finals on Friday and ensured Diego Schwartzman would need to wait on whether he had qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time.
Third seed Medvedev swung freely to overpower the sixth-seeded Argentine 6-3, 6-1 in 63 minutes and reach his second tour-level semi-final of the year (also US Open, l. to Thiem). He will next play Canadian No. 10 seed Milos Raonic.
"It was a good match," said Medvedev. "I kept my level high and he made some errors, which gave me control of the match. It didn't feel like a short match, as there are always rallies with Diego. I'm happy to have won quickly today. I'm pleased to have gone deep in Paris, as it will help for the [Nitto ATP Finals] in London. I produced some good tennis today."
When top seed Rafael Nadal beat fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 during the evening session, Schwartzman was confirmed of his place at the season finale, to be held at The O2 in London from 15-22 November.
Medvedev capitalised on early errors from Schwartzman to win 12 of 13 points for a 3-1 advantage, which came when Schwartzman hit a forehand long. The Russian’s greater power on serve did the damage and he clinched a one-sided 36-minute opener once Schwartzman struck his eighth forehand error into the net.
Schwartzman battled in the second set, but Medvedev was relentless in defence from behind the baseline and gained breaks at 2-1 and 4-1 with terrific scrambling. Medvedev finished with an ace down the T, his 17th winner, and is now 4-0 lifetime against Schwartzman, including a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory at the inaugural ATP Cup in January. The 24-year-old, who won 27 of his 28 first-service points against Schwartzman, has a 21-10 match record in 2020.
"I think Daniil played a great match... but I think I did a really bad match on my side," said Schwartzman. "I was doing everything badly today. I arrived to the match playing good tennis, playing really good weeks before here, and nothing."
World No. 9 Schwartzman is now 25-12 on a career-best year, which includes three runner-up finishes at the Cordoba Open (l. to Garin) in February, his first ATP Masters 1000 title match at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia (l. to Djokovic) in September and the bett1HULKS Championship (l. to A. Zverev) last month.