Top seed Daniel Medvedev defeated James Dickworth 6-2, 6-4 in a rough patch to reach the quarterfinals of the ATP Toronto Masters.
In the third round match, Russia’s Medvedev Cruz was in control, one set and 5-1, when he lost to his 85th Australian opponent.
But the 2019 Canadian finalist won again, ending the second match point in 69 minutes.
“You play better when your back is against the wall,” Medvedev said of Dickworth. “He finally came close and put pressure on me.
“I handled it. I’m very happy with the win. I never trained with him or played with him, so I didn’t know what to expect.”
“Sometimes, you need to find things during the match.”
Medvedev finished with 10 aces when he reached his eighth quarter-final at the Masters level – all since 2019.
He made 20 wins and 15 unbeaten errors in the quarterfinals against Paul Hubert Harkz, who beat Georgia’s Nicolas Basilashvili 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 6-4.
Each man made more than 50 unforgivable mistakes, but Hercules came up with 30 victories and 22 21s in two and a half hours of fighting.
Qutb defeated Medvedev at Wimbledon just a few weeks ago.
Hercules was playing the first match of the first week when the injury was withdrawn before the second round match of Kay Nishikori after a side bye in the first round.
“Playing my first match, I am very happy with this victory,” he said. “I got a chance in the first set but I couldn’t handle it.
“I had to be consistent and fight for every point.”
Third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrated his 23rd birthday with a solid 6-3, 6-2 victory over Olympic silver medalist Karen Khachanov, who advanced to the fourth Masters 1000 quarterfinals of the season.
The Greek met Norway’s Caspar Road in the last eight at the farm, which extended their summer winning streak to 13 matches.
Sixth seed Scandinavian, who won three wrist court titles before launching his hard court campaign this week, defeated Serb Dosan Lajovic 6-4, 6-3.
Road claimed the 37th win of the season against just nine defeats and said the change from clay to hard courts is part of the entire season.
“It’s fun to play on the hard court, even if I have the best results on clay,” he said. My best slam result this season was at the Australian Open (quarter finals).
Tsitsipas now owns 177 ATP level matches and has beaten Khachanov four times.
He eliminated Khachanov in 80 minutes, the Russian made more than 30 unforgivable mistakes.
Birthday boy Tsitsipas received a serenade from the audience and a cake in court.
“It’s a great feeling you can experience on the tennis court, I’m glad they remembered,” he said.
Aces Fuel Isner –
The 20-run performance was more than enough to see John Asner make it to the last eight as the Atlanta tournament champion won the eighth match in a row, defeating fourth-seeded Andre Rubio 7-5, 7-6 (7/5).
The Americans vowed to reach the 18th quarterfinals at the Elite Masters level as they saved three break points in the seventh game of the second set with the Aces.
The 36-year-old spent an hour and three quarters moving forward with 29 winners and 28 impractical errors.
Asner will next face Gael Monfils of France, who extended his career recovery after an epidemic by defeating Frances Tiafo of the United States 6-1, 7-6 (7-2).
Monfils reached their first quarter-final after Dubai in February.
U.S. Rally Opelka, who has eliminated Nick Kyrgios and Gregor Dimitrov this week, defeated Lloyd Harris 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/4) in his return attempt. Added to hunting list.
Spanish 10th seed Roberto Botissa Aguirre defeated eighth seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 and won the next play, Opelka, which he defeated in the first round in Doha this season.