World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev described the match against Denis Shapovalov as «pretty tight», adding that he was happy with the level he showed. In the Cincinnati round of 16, Medvedev defeated Shapovalov 7-5 7-5. “The game was pretty tight.
I felt it was a great level. I felt like he was lacking a bit more than me but he was winning more points, but that’s how Shapo plays,” Medvedev said after the win, according to the ATP website. “My goal was to stay there for as many points as possible and try to put pressure on him when I got the chance.
But there were a lot of points where he was just running down the baseline, trying to get his shots back. In general, I’m happy with the level.»
Medvedev finished off Shapovalov in straight sets
Medvedev claimed the first break of the match in game three, but Shapovalov broke in game eight.
Releasing an early break didn’t affect Medvedev, who broke Shapovalov again in the 11th game and served for the first set in the next game. In the second set, Medvedev had no break points in the third and ninth games.
After wasting a total of five break points, Medvedev finally earned the first break of the second set in game 11. In game 12, Medvedev served for the match. Next up for Medvedev is Taylor Fritz. “Taylor is a great player.
We’ve hit quite a few times. Before the ATP Cup we had a session and I think he beat me, which doesn’t really matter, but I said to my coach: ‘Wow, he can play very well, it can be a good year for him.’ He then he won Indian Wells,» Medvedev said.
«Maybe I could have done better in other tournaments, but it’s a Masters  champion. He is an incredible player and I need to be at my best to try and beat him.”