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Daniil Medvedev rallies to advance at Paris

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World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev had to reach deep to keep his repeat hopes alive in Paris, rallying to defeat unseeded American Sebastian Korda on Thursday in three sets to advance to the quarterfinals.

Medvedev rallied from a set down to defeat Korda 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in one hour, 52 minutes. Medvedev used a deciding break at 3-2 in the final set to power through to the victory.

“I had adrenaline going and that’s how it’s possible to make these shots. It was a little bit of luck, a little bit of skill and a little bit of magic,” Medvedev said.

Medvedev finished with seven aces. He hit just 17 unforced errors compared to 40 for Korda. The second seed converted five of 14 break points in his title defense at the Rolex Paris Masters.

“It was a tough first set where I felt that I had the margin but I didn’t manage to break him and he turned it around against me,” Medvedev said. “But I was really happy that I stayed calm and kept my level and that was enough to win today.”

Top seed Novak Djokovic won in a walkover when Frenchman Gaels Monfils was forced to withdraw with an adductor injury. Djokovic will next play unseeded American Taylor Fritz, who beat 10th-seeded Cameron Norrie of Great Britain 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Medvedev will face qualifier Hugo Gaston of France in the quarters. Gaston dispatched Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 7-5.

Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev needed two hours, 46 minutes to oust Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-3. Zverev squandered two match points in the second set.

“It was an incredible match,” Zverev said. “Grigor is playing very high-level tennis and I had to leave everything out there. I think it was a very high-level match and it could have gone both ways, especially the third set. I am happy with how things went in the end.”

Sixth-seeded Casper Ruud had little trouble with Marcos Giron of the U.S., wining 6-2, 6-1.

No. 7 seed Hubert Hurkacz of Poland rallied to defeat lucky loser Dominik Koepfer of Germany 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 in two hours, eight minutes.

Australian James Duckworth defeated countryman Alexei Popyrin 7-6 (6), 6-4.

–Field Level Media

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