Daniil Medvedev, playing his first match since June and making his debut at the Los Cabos Open, registered an easy 6-4, 6-3 win over Australian wild card Rinke Hijikata here on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament. .
In the process, the world No. 1 also picked up his 250th match win as he returned to his favorite hard courts for the first time since reaching the Miami quarterfinals in March. I wouldn’t have known,” Medvedev said of reaching the 250-win milestone.
Medvedev sealed the opening set by earning the first break of the match as he settled on the Los Cabos Stadium court, then converted on his fifth break point midway through the set. Sure I want more wins but getting 250 is good too. We’ll try to get more,” he added. Medvedev grabbed the opening set with the first break of the match as he entered the Los Cabos Stadium court, then his fifth break point of the second half through the set. changed
“It’s definitely not that easy to play after you’ve stopped for a while, especially (my) first match on hard courts in a long time, since Miami. The feeling wasn’t bad. I broke down a little bit more. Could have, but when you win everything is fine. I have to play like this in the next matches,” added the Russian tennis star.
Hajikata, a North Carolina Tar Heel and world No. 224, didn’t go down quietly. Relishing the opportunity, the 21-year-old created highlights by using his athleticism to cover the court and force Medvedev to work over 90 minutes on the court.
After reaching the quarterfinals, Medvedev next faces Ricardas Berenice, who defeated Facundo Bagnes 7-6(4), 6-3 on Wednesday.