Medvedev in ominous US Open form

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World No.2 Daniil Medvedev has cruised into the US Open quarter-finals with a straight sets win over Briton Daniel Evans in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The second seed overcame the world No.24 6-3 6-4 6-3 to book a clash with Dutch qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp, the third unseeded player he will face at Flushing Meadows.

Evans had survived a fifth set tiebreaker against Australian Alexei Popyrin to reach the last 16 but on day seven of the hardcourt major, he was no match for the Medvedev.

Evans handed Medvedev the early break with a double fault in the fourth game of the first set and never recovered from that setback as the Russian belted 43 winners.

Medvedev, who lost in the final to Rafael Nadal two years ago, closed out the final game of the second set in less than a minute with a pair of aces and a service winner and won all of his first-serve points in the third.

He sealed the match in one hour and 43 minutes to roars from the rowdy New York crowd, which he won over in a remarkable transformation from villain to fan-favourite in 2019, reaching the quarter-finals for the third year in a row.

"I knew I had to keep my focus from start to finish. I was serving good," Medvedev, said.

"I was trying to change up the game, mix up the game, and I'm really happy that I beat such tough opponent with that score and with that much energy left."

Next for Medvedev is van de Zandschulp, who continued his unexpected run in the tournament by taming Argentine 11th seed Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-4 5-7 5-7 6-1.

However, ticketholders looking to maximise their time inside Flushing Meadows' famed stadiums would do well to steer clear of Medvedev, as he has defeated each of his opponents in under two hours and has yet to drop a set.

Canadian 12th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime came from behind to beat American Frances Tiafoe 4-6 6-2 7-6 (8-6) 6-4, firing 24 aces and 56 winners.

The 21-year-old Auger-Aliassime will meet Carlos Alcaraz, another first-time US Open quarter-finalist for a spot in the semi-finals, with the Spanish sensation surviving another five-set test.

His 5-7 6-1 5-7 6-2 6-0 defeat of 141st-ranked qualifier Peter Gojowczyk of Germany makes Alcaraz the youngest male quarter-finalist at the US Open since 1963.

with AP

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