Defending champion Daniil Medvedev returned to the quarterfinals on the Western & Southern Open with a 6-3, 6-3 victory Tuesday over Aljaz Bedene, who by accident hit a ball that struck a TV cameraman within the stands between second-set factors.
The cameraman didn’t seem damage, however an ATP Tour supervisor got here onto the courtroom to find out whether or not Bedene ought to forfeit the match. As a substitute, he was given a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct.
As Bedene, a qualifier ranked 61st, left the courtroom after the match was over, he walked over and exchanged a fist bump with the cameraman.
The No. 3-seeded Medvedev by no means confronted a breakpoint and gained 89% of the factors when he put his first serve in play.
Final yr, the Russian’s title on the Western & Southern Open was a part of a stretch by which he reached the finals at six consecutive tournaments, together with a runner-up end to Rafael Nadal on the U.S. Open.
The Western & Southern Open often is held in Ohio, but it surely was moved to New York this yr as a part of a no-spectators-allowed doubleheader on the U.S. Open website in Flushing Meadows to create a managed setting amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Additionally transferring into the quarterfinals with early and simple wins Tuesday have been two seeded girls: No. 12 Anett Kontaveit and No. 14 Elise Mertens.
Kontaveit beat Marie Bouzkova 6-3, 6-3; Mertens defeated Veronika Kudermetova 6-2, 6-3. Kudermetova stunned No. 1 seed Karolina Pliskova within the second spherical, whereas Bouzkova had eradicated two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.
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