Félix Auger-Aliassime slowed down in the quarter-finals in Cincinnati

Auger-Aliassime couldn’t do anything when Coric was on duty. He maintained a spectacular success rate of 97% when his first ball was in play and did not allow a single break chance.

Coric broke for the first time in the third game of the game, then stayed in control until the end of the inning. He did it again to Auger-Aliassime in the seventh game of the second period, the Quebecer being unable to return the favor.

The game ended in a long rally where a backhand from the seventh seed hit the net, much to his misfortune. Coric took advantage of the situation to direct the ball from the back of the field, on the backhand of Auger-Aliassime, whose recovery was off target.

Auger-Aliassime had 12 aces and 5 double faults, while Coric went 8-1.

Match between Felix Auger-Aliassime and Borna Coric.

Photo: AP/Aaron Doster

Last week at the National Bank Open in Montreal, Auger-Aliassime also put away his racquet after his duel in the quarterfinals. The Norwegian Casper Ruud had given him a severe correction.

The 25-year-old Coric has long been considered one of the ATP Tour’s promising young players, but injuries have slowed his career and sent him plummeting to No. 152 in the world.

Before indicating the exit to Auger-Aliassime, the Croatian had done the same with the Spaniards Roberto Bautista Agut and Rafael Nadal during the two previous rounds.

Coric will meet Briton Cameron Norrie (No. 9) in the semi-finals, victorious in his match against Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz (No. 3) in three hard-fought sets of 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 ( 4/7) and 6-4.

Medvedev rushes to semi-finals

Winner of the Cincinnati tournament in 2019, the Russian Daniil Medvedev (no 1) took another step towards the ultimate goal by qualifying for the semi-finals.

The world No. 1 took the measure of American Taylor Fritz (No. 11) in two sets of 7-6 (7/1) and 6-3.

In a clinical way, he extinguished the ardor of Fritz who nevertheless dominated the debates, even put his back to the wall several times in the first round.

Medvedev, battered by Fritz’s hard-hitting returns and jostled in the exchanges in the opening set, had to save no less than six break points, including three set points, thanks to an iron defense which pushed almost every time. blame the American.

But, with a delay, he made the tiebreaker his own, again putting up a wall against Fritz, author of two unforced errors on his serve, which allowed him to escape 5-1, then to pocket the first sleeve.

He greets the supporters after his victory.

Daniel Medvedev

Photo: Getty Images/Dylan Buell

For his first confrontation with the American, who has established himself as a customer on American cement this year by winning the Indian Wells Masters in the spring, Medvedev knew he must not weaken.

In the process, he therefore tightened the noose, breaking Fritz from the start. The American never knew how to come back into the game.

Deprived of Wimbledon because of his nationality, in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Medvedev needed to chain the matches, after a mixed comeback which saw him eliminated in the round of 16 in Montreal by Australian Nick Kyrgios.

He therefore continues his journey in Ohio, with three successes in a row in two dry sets, assuming more and more firmly his status as world number, which he is sure to keep at the start of the United States Open. , of which he is the defending champion, after the premature elimination of Rafael Nadal on Wednesday.

The Russian will be opposed in the last four to the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (no 4), executioner of the American John Isner in three sets of 7-6 (7/5), 5-7 and 6-3.

Garcia, Keys, Kvitova and Sabalenka among the aces

The women’s four aces in singles is now known. The American Madison Keys will cross the racket with the Czech Petra Kvitova, while the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka will face the French Caroline Garcia.

Each of the semi-finalists picked up a victory in two sets to continue their journey at the Cincinnati tournament.

Keys defeated Kazakh Elena Rybakina 6-2, 6-4, Kvitova beat Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2, 6-3, Sabalenka defeated China’s Zhang Shuai 6-4, 7-6 (7 /1) and Garcia won 6-1, 7-5 over American Jessica Pegula.

Ranked 6th seed in Ohio, Sabalenka is the only seed still active. She qualified for two finals this season, without however removing the honors.

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