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Defending champion Medvedev and top seed Alcaraz reach the quarterfinals of the Miami Open | CBC Sports

Defending Miami Open champion Daniil Medvedev won his 350th career match and advanced to the quarterfinals for the fourth consecutive year. He defeated Dominik Koepfer on Tuesday 7:6 (5), 6:0.

Top seed Carlos Alcaraz also advanced easily with a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 23 seed Lorenzo Musetti.

Alcaraz, who beat Musetti in less than 90 minutes and felt more comfortable on the court than ever before, said he was “probably” playing his best tennis since last summer. The ankle injury from last month is no longer a cause for concern, he said.

“I don’t know if this is the best game I’m playing, but without a doubt it’s the best feeling,” said the Wimbledon winner. “I feel great on the pitch. I’m moving great. … I don’t think about the ankle on the field anymore.”

Alcaraz will face No. 11 seed Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Dimitrov defeated No. 8 seed Hubert Hurkacz 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) after a tiebreak in which Hurkacz was penalized for touching the net with his foot.

With the score tied at 2-2 in the tiebreak, the referee said Hurkacz’s foot touched the net as he charged forward on a rebound. It cost him a point. Hurkacz struck with his bat in protest.

The No. 3 seed Medvedev pulled away after a tight opening set to win his ninth straight game in South Florida and extend his run to two straight titles.

Medvedev trailed 0-4 in the tiebreak before taking the set. He said he used that momentum to start fast and complete his milestone victory.

“I would say before the game the desire to win is the same, but the feeling of winning and during the game while you are winning is definitely different,” he said. “The feelings are different, but the desire is the same and that’s what keeps me going.”

Medvedev is seeking win No. 351 on Wednesday against No. 22 seed Nicolas Jarry, who ousted No. 7 seed Casper Ruud 7-6 (3), 6-3.

Sinner, Azarenka also goes further

No. 2 seed Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner improved to 19-1 in this year’s games with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Christopher O’Connell and reached the quarterfinals.

In the middle of the game, commentators said a spectator fainted in 30 degrees Celsius and the game was stopped. Sinner came to the sidelines and handed the person drinks and towels.

Also on the rise was Tomas Machac, who reached the quarterfinals and took on Sinner with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Matteo Arnaldi.

In the women’s event, two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka defeated Yulia Putintseva 7:6 (4), 1:6, 6:3 to reach the semifinals. It was the second time the 34-year-old Azarenka reached the semi-finals this season, having only made it that far once in 2023. She has won the Miami Open three times.

Number 4 seed Elena Rybakina will play against number 8 seed Maria Sakkari on Tuesday evening.

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