Daniil Medvedev has taken his first participation in the ATP 500 in Acapulco very seriously. He has a great opportunity to be number one in the world next week and he wants to take advantage of it. That is why he mercilessly punished Pablo Andújar on Wednesday, whom he defeated 6-1 and 6-2 in just over an hour to get into the quarterfinals, three wins away from reaching the top of the ranking for the first time in his career. that wayif he is champion, he would get it without depending on what Novak Djokovic, current owner of the world throne, does, in Dubai. However, he can do it in three other cases: if he reaches the final and the Serb does not take the trophy; if he reaches the semi-finals and Nole doesn’t reach the final; and if his rival does not get into the semifinals. An affordable rival awaits Medvedev this Thursday in his next step towards glory: Taylor Fritz or Yoshihito Nishioka.
Little to talk about the match against Andújar. At times, especially in the second set, it seemed more like a training session, between jokes and laughter, than an official match. The man from Cuenca, who had already clearly lost to the Muscovite in the last US Open, soon realized that he could not do anything to beat Medvedevwho handled himself with an unusual variety in his game, with many drop shots, some lobs and an amazing security in his hitting and in his movements.
Two down, three to go ✌️@DaniilMedwed eases into the quarter-finals at Acapulco with a 6-1 6-2 victory over Pablo Andujar. #AMT2022 pic.twitter.com/Mh7k3RVBB4
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) February 24, 2022
Pablo, who came from beating Mexican Álex Hernández 6-0 and 6-1, miraculously avoided the donut in the first set and also in the second when he let go with the game already lost, but he never had real options, beyond a break ball in the third game of the duel when he had already conceded a break.