Zverev, Cilic Reach Toronto QF In A Hurry
The last time Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev met at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, Zverev claimed a tight three-setter that was decided in the final-set tie-break at the Miami Open presented by Itau.
But Zverev, as he showed on Thursday at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, is a different player than he was in March. The World No. 3 and defending champion routed Medvedev on Thursday afternoon, claiming 96 per cent of his first-serve points (22/23) and beating the Russian qualifier 6-3, 6-2 in only 53 minutes.
The 21-year-old Zverev is through to his fifth Masters 1000 quarter-final of the season and will meet Greece's #NextGenATP star Stefanos Tsitsipas, who upset four-time champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3 earlier Thursday.
“I feel good. I feel physically pretty well. I feel like I'm playing well... I get into a rhythm of playing matches one after another, and right now I'm in that rhythm,” said Zverev, who has won seven matches in a row.
Zverev won his tour-leading 43rd match of the year in Toronto, and he dominated from first toss to last service winner. He dropped only four points overall on his serve (90 per cent, 36/40), and won all three break points he saw. He added 20 winners to only nine unforced errors.
Medvedev was looking for his maiden Masters 1000 quarter-final. The Sydney International champion worked past midnight on Wednesday to beat #NextGenATP Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(7) in two hours, 36 minutes.
Elsewhere, sixth seed Marin Cilic continued to rebound from his discouraging second-round loss at Wimbledon (l. to Pella). The Croatian gained revenge against Argentine Diego Schwartzman, dropping only five points on his first serve (83%, 24/29) and advancing to the quarter-finals 6-3, 6-2.
Schwartzman beat Cilic at the 2017 US Open. Cilic is looking to win his second Masters 1000 title on hard courts after winning the 2016 Western & Southern Open. He will next meet top seed Rafael Nadal or Stan Wawrinka.
Did You Know?
Zverev is defending 1,000 ATP Rankings points at the Rogers Cup. He successfully defended 500 ATP Rankings points last week by winning the Citi Open for the second consecutive year.