MOSCOW, October 7. /TASS/. /TASS/. Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev trounced Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in the quarterfinals round of the 2022 Astana Open tennis tournament.
Russia’s 2nd-seed pummeled his Spanish opponent with a straight sets win of 6-1; 6-1. Medvedev is now set to clash with 4th-seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia, who outplayed earlier in the quarterfinals Russia’s Karen Khachanov with straight sets win of 6-4; 6-3.
"I am happy to play the right game, to be really solid and to do everything I can to make his life difficult and I am really happy to beat him," the official ATP website quoted Medvedev as saying after his match against Roberto Bautista Agut.
"I tried to mix it up as it is not easy to play against Roberto," Medvedev, continued. "I tried to mix it up and surprise him a little bit and it worked very well."
Speaking about his semifinal encounter against Djokovic in Astana, Medvedev said that "I am really happy to play against Novak."
"I thought about it before the match and we have only played one tournament together this year, which was Roland Garros," the Russian player said. "This is the second one and we meet again and I am really happy."
Medvedev, 26, is currently rated as the World’s No. 4 in the ATP (the Association of Tennis Professionals) Rankings List and he is the winner of 14 ATP tournaments. He is also the winner of the 2021 US Open and the 2020 ATP Finals.
The 2022 Astana Open is a professional men’s tennis tournament, which has the classification of an ATP Tour 500 Series and is played on indoor hard courts in the capital of Kazakhstan between October 3 and 9. The tournament in Astana has $1.9 million in prize money up for grabs.
Russian players’ neutral status at tennis tournaments
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 prohibition on 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.