Top Seeds Dominate Men’s Quarterfinals Field


Six of the top eight seeds of the Western & Southern Open men’s singles field advanced to the quarterfinals with their Round of 16 wins Thursday.


Picking up his 100th career win earlier in the Western & Southern Open, No. 8 seed Casper Ruud continued to make history in Cincinnati. Ruud, who is 16-1 with three titles since Wimbledon, became the first Norwegian player to reach the Western & Southern Open quarterfinals in the Open Era following his 6-4, 6-3 win over No. 10 seed Diego Schwartzman. 


Benoit Paire, the only unseeded player in the final eight, advanced to his first Western & Southern Open quarterfinal with a three-set victory over American John Isner, while No. 4 seed Andrey Rublev edged Gael Monfils in a tightly-contested two-set match. Top-seeded Daniil Medvedev became the 19th player in the Open Era to reach three consecutive Western & Southern Open quarterfinals thanks to a 6-3, 6-3 win over 2017 champion Grigor Dimitrov.


“Definitely a great level of tennis,” Medvedev said. “There were a few moments in the match I felt like I didn’t have a lot of fuel left...My body is more used to the heat now than it was in Tokyo. I’m really happy with the level of play in the two sets. It’s a great victory and I will be 100 percent ready for tomorrow.”


Gold medalist Alexander Zverev continued his dominance as the No. 3 seed by dominating Guido Pella 6-2, 6-3 for his first quarterfinals appearance in Cincinnati. Second-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas will be making back-to-back quarterfinals appearances at the Western & Southern Open following his three-set win over Lorenzo Sonego Thursday. No. 7 seed and Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Pablo Carreno Busta earned his second Western & Southern Open quarterfinals spot with a two-set victory over ninth-seeded Hubert Hurkacz. 12th-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime capped off the night by defeating Wimbledon finalist and No. 5 seed Matteo Berrettini 6-4, 6-3. 


Action continues Friday at 11 a.m.


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