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Medvedev, Khachanov set all-Russian Montreal semifinal as ailing Thiem, woeful Zverev ousted

Hannah Wilks in ATP Tour 9 Aug 2019
  • Daniil Medvedev and Karen Khachanov to contest all-Russian Rogers Cup semifinal
  • Medvedev defeated second seed Dominic Thiem while Khachanov ousted former champion Alexander Zverev
Daniil Medvedev celebrates victory over Dominic Thiem at the Rogers Cup (PA Sports)

Daniil Medvedev and Karen Khachanov to contest the first all-Russian Masters semifinal in ATP history.

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Two Russians will face off in the semifinals of a Masters 1000 Series event for the first time in ATP Tour history as Daniil Medvedev faces Karen Khachanov for a place in the final of the Rogers Cup on Saturday.

Medvedev and Thiem meet at the net (PA Sports)
The first man into the semifinals of the Rogers Cup was eighth seed Daniil Medvedev, who trounced world no. 4 Dominic Thiem in under an hour.

Both men had made deep runs at tournaments the week before the Canada Masters, with Medvedev finishing runner-up to Nick Kyrgios at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. while Thiem captured his first title in his native Austria at the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel.

But only one man seemed to be suffering from a hangover from the previous week’s exertions as Thiem, who won his first Masters 1000 Series title at Indian Wells in March, turned in a woeful performance that left many questioning if he was injured, so poorly did he play in the 3-6, 1-6 defeat.

Thiem was broken to love to start the match in a sloppy service game and while he got on the board in the third game, he was broken again to concede the first 3-6.

The second set was even more one-way traffic with Thiem slumping to 0-2, then 0-4. Medvedev had a match point for a bagel set at 0-5, but Thiem managed to stave it off and get on the board, salvaging a small amount of pride from the wreck. He was unable to prevent Medvedev from serving out the match with ease, however.

Medvedev won 54 of the 83 points played in the match as well as 16 of the first 17 points in the second set, and at one point won seven games in a row. He lost just one point behind his first serve in the entire match.

Afterwards Thiem confessed he was suffering from a cold. ‘Yesterday and the day before it was okay, today it was a bit worse on court, I was completely flat. And he played really well,’ he said.

Karen Khachanov (PA Sports)
‘Of course, I was expecting a tougher match,’ Medvedev said. ‘I was happy that I was able to play so well, to beat him so easily. It saved me a lot of energy. It gave me a lot of confidence, so I'm very happy.’

This is Medvedev’s second appearance in the semifinals of a Masters 1000 Series tournament after reaching the final four at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in April.

Karen Khachanov is one of the crop of first-time Masters 1000 Series winners to have recently emerged on the ATP Tour, having won the Paris Masters at the end of 2018.

It’s been a poor season for Khachanov, who has compiled a 20-17 win-loss record with his biggest highlight a run to the quarterfinals of the French Open, and he came into the Canada Masters down at 29th place in the Race to London.

But he had two very solid wins over Stan Wawrinka and Felix Auger-Aliassime to reach the quarterfinals, where he beat former Rogers Cup champion Alexander Zverev in a match which was almost as one-sided as Medvedev’s contest with Thiem.

Even a late rain delay couldn’t save Zverev as Khachanov won 6-3, 6-3 in 73 minutes. The world no. 7 served eight double faults and won just six of the 19 points played on his second serve, as his sub-standard season continues.

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Medvedev, Khachanov set all-Russian Montreal semifinal as ailing Thiem, woeful Zverev ousted

The first all-Russian Masters semifinal in ATP Tour history is due to take place at the Rogers Cup after Daniil Medvedev and Karen Khachanov defeated Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev respectively

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