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World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev beats Roberto Bautista Agut in Halle Open semifinals


World No.1 tennis player Daniil Medvedev overcame the challenge of Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-2, 6-4 to set up a semifinal clash against home favourite Oscar Otte in the Terra Wortmann Open — an ATP 500 event.

Halle Open: Daniil Medvedev sets up semifinal against home favourite Otte (AP Photo)

Halle Open: Daniil Medvedev sets up semifinal against home favourite Otte (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Daniil Medvedev defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-4
  • Daniil Medvedev set up semifinal against home favourite Otte
  • Nick Kyrgios reached the semifinals of back-to-back tournaments

Top-ranked men’s singles tennis player Daniil Medvedev defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-4 to reach the semifinals of the Halle Open on Friday.

The 26-year-old Russian’s serve proved a crucial weapon at key moments in the one-hour, 27-minute clash. A combination of power and accuracy with his delivery helped the top seed save all nine break points he faced against the Spaniard.

“It was tough for me to win,” he said. “Today I had my plan, managed to keep it going. Definitely got more edge on the most important points, because he had more break points than me.”

Medvedev started his grass-court swing strongly as runner-up last week in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Medvedev won’t be allowed to play at Wimbledon, though, because it has barred players from Russia and its ally Belarus over the invasion of Ukraine.

Otte paid tribute to the help of his home crowd after he came through a hard-fought match against Karen Khachanov 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4. The 51st-ranked Otte will bid to reach his first career ATP final at the age of 28 after a steady rise from being ranked outside of the top 150 a year ago.

Nick Kyrgios reached the semifinals of back-to-back tournaments as the Australian won against Pablo Carreño Busta 6-4, 6-2.

Kyrgios goes on to play Hubert Hurkacz after the Polish player beat Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) despite not having any break points on Auger-Aliassime’s serve as the Canadian hit 21 aces.



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