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NEW DELHI: Defending champion Daniil Medvedev advanced to the last 16 with a hard-fought victory over qualifier Hamad Medjedovic in the Italian Open on Monday.
The Russian second seed prevailed 7-6 (7/5), 2-6, 7-5 in a gruelling clash that lasted nearly three hours, showcasing Medjedovic’s potential despite his current world ranking of 121.
Medvedev acknowledged his dissatisfaction with his performance, stating, “I’m not really pleased.I felt like I started the match well and then in a way it was only going downhill.” However, he expressed relief at securing the win and his determination to find his best form in the next round against Tommy Paul.
The men’s tournament has been left wide open following the exits of top players, including world number one Novak Djokovic and fourth seed Andrey Rublev. Sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas remains in contention after defeating Cameron Norrie, while seventh seed Hubert Hurkacz, who eliminated Rafael Nadal, faces Sebastian Baez in the next round.
In the women’s draw, Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka met for the first time since their French Open row, with Sabalenka emerging victorious 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (9/7). Svitolina, along with other Ukrainian players, has refused to shake hands with Russian and Belarusian opponents in protest of the ongoing war.
World number one Iga Swiatek continued her impressive form, defeating Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals. Despite facing challenges from the former world number one, Swiatek remains the favourite to claim her third Rome title before defending her French Open crown. She faces Madison Keys next.
(Inputs from AFP)

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