SYDNEY (Reuters) – Daniil Medvedev continued to baffle his opponents at the ATP Cup on Thursday, securing a hard-fought and fiery victory against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman and propelling Russia into the semi-final of the inaugural team event.
Medvedev, ranked five in the world and undefeated in singles this tournament, won 6-4 4-6 6-3 in Sydney and will lead Russia against the winner of Novak Djokovic-led Serbia or Canada.
Earlier, Russia’s Karen Khachanov defeated an out-of-sorts Guido Pella from Argentina 6-2 7-6(4), with the victories giving Russia an unassailable 2-0 lead in the quarter-final tie ahead of the doubles match.
The decisive victory contrasted with the knife-edge contest in the day’s other quarter-final between Australia and Britain.
Australia’s untested doubles pairing of Alex De Minaur and Nick Kyrgios saved four match points against Britain’s Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury before clinching a spot in the semi-finals in a half hour-long extended…
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