MOSCOW, August 4. /TASS/. Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev has reached the quarterfinals round of the ATP (the Association of Tennis Professionals) tournament 2022 Los Cabos Open in Mexico.
In the second round of the tournament, top-seed Medvedev eased past Australia’s wild card Rinky Hijikata with straight sets win of 6-4; 6-3 and is now set to face in the quarterfinals Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania.
The official ATP website quoted Medvedev as saying at a news conference after the match that: "It's definitely not that easy to play after you stop for a while, especially [playing my] first match on hard courts in a long, long time, since Miami."
"Sensations were not bad. I could have just broke a little bit more, but when you win, everything is fine. I have to play like this in the next matches," he added.
Medvedev hit the courts last time almost a month ago (at the Mallorca Championships) and this week he entered to play at the 2022 Los Cabos Open tournament, which is also known as the Abierto de Tenis Mifel. It runs in Mexico’s Los Cabos between August 1 and 6 and offers $822,000 in prize money.
This is Medvedev’s debut appearance at the Los Cabos tournaments and the match against Hijikita earned the Russian tennis star 250th win in his career. Speaking at a news conference in Los Cabos, Medvedev said he learnt about his possible 250th career win only a couple of days ago.
"Somebody told me this a few days ago at media day, otherwise I would not have known," he said, commenting on the 250-wins landmark. "That's probably a milestone in a way. For sure, I want more victories, but that's also nice to have 250. We'll try to get more."
Medvedev, 26, is the winner of 13 ATP tournaments. The Russian player is also the winner of the 2021 US Open and the 2020 ATP Finals. He is currently listed in the top of the ATP Rankings, holding this place for 11 weeks in a row. Between February 28 and March 21, 2022, Medvedev also topped the ATP Rankings.
Being the World’s No.1 in the ATP Rankings, Medvedev started the tournament in Los Cabos from Round 2. He is playing under a neutral status.
On February 28, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued recommendations to international sports federations to bar athletes from Russia and Belarus from taking part in international tournaments, citing Moscow’s special military operation in Ukraine as the reason.
Following the IOC’s recommendations in late February, the majority of global sports federations decided to bar athletes from Russia and Belarus from all international sports tournaments.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) ruled on March 1 to suspend the membership of the Russian and Belarusian national tennis federations, and also cancelled all previously scheduled tennis tournaments in these countries.
On March 14, the ITF also confirmed its ban in regard to the Russian and Belarusian national tennis teams from taking part in the 2022 Davis Cup and 2022 Billie Jean King Cup.
The Women Tennis Association (WTA) and the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) allowed tennis players from Russia and Belarus to continue participating in WTA and ATP tournaments, but under a neutral status.