Medvedev and Aliassime start well on grass

s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands) – The two main favorites for the title at the ATP 250 in s-Hertogenbosch only made their debuts in the competition on Thursday and both passed their first tests well. Seeded number 1, the Russian Daniil Medvedev took 1h52 to overcome the Frenchman Gilles Simon in two sets, with partials of 7/5 and 6/4.

Already qualified for the quarterfinals, the future leader of the ranking, taking over the ATP lead next Monday, will face the Belarusian Ilya Ivashka, responsible for the elimination of the Finn Emil Ruusuvuori with a victory by 2 sets to 0, marking the final score. of 6/4 and 6/2.

This will be the third time they have faced each other at ATP level, with one triumph for each side so far. However, in general there have been five duels and Medvedev dominates there, adding four wins and one loss. He won a future in Belarus (2015), challengers Kazan and Eckental (2016) and the Paris Masters 1000 (2021). Ivashka won the Davis Cup duel in 2018.

Top 2 Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime worked on his Dutch grass court debut and needed two tiebreakers to defeat home tennis player Tallon Griekspoor, closing the match with 7/6 (7-2) and 7/6 (7)-5). In the quarter-finals, he will face the winner of the duel between the Russian Karen Khachanov and the Pole Kamil Majchrzak.

Also at the bottom of the table, Frenchman Hugo Gaston turned against American Jenson Brooksby, with partials of 3/6, 6/3 and 7/5, and now he will face house guest Tim Van Rijthoven. , who also beat an American Upset, scoring 6/7 (9-11), 7/5 and 6/4 over third seed Taylor Fritz.

Another definitive quarter-final will have on one side the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, executioner of the Australian Alex de Minaur, with a victory by 2 sets to 0 and a final score of 6/2 and 6/3, and another North American Brandon Nakashima, who surpassed his compatriot Sam Querrey in two tie-breaks, with partials of 7/6 (7-4) and 7/6 (8-6). Medvedev’s eventual rival in the semi-finals will come out of this duel.

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