Monte-Carlo Masters 2019: Djokovic Routs Fritz, Medvedev Advances

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Top seeded Novak Djokovic wasted no time in disposing off Taylor Fritz in his second round match at the Monte-Carlo Masters while Daniil Medvedev registered his second top-10 win.

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Djokovic, who had had a difficult second round win over Philipp Kohlschreiber, needing three sets to overcome the German, came through unscathed against Fritz to enter the quarter-final.

The world number one from Serbia blanked his American opponent 6-3, 6-0 to set up a quarter-final meeting with Medvedev. The big difference between the two players came on their second serves with Djokovic winning two-third of his points on it while Fritz winning less than a third.

Fritz had just one break-point in the entire match and while he converted that in the first set, he was broken five times in return by Djokovic.

On the other hand, with four titles under his belt since the start of 2018, Medvedev had come into his match against Stefanos Tsitsipas with some form. And he showed why he has been rated so highly by so many when he got the better of his Greek opponent in a tough three-setter.

He won 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 to make it through to his maiden Masters quarter-final, needing little over 100 minutes to qualify for his last-eight stage encounter at the Monte-Carlo Masters.

What that meant was Medvedev is now 4-0 ahead on head to head with three of those wins having come on hard-court surfaces. He won 20 of the 25 points on his first serve, and after having beaten Stan Wawrinka at Wimbledon, he clinched his second win over a top-10 player here.

Medvedev also now has 20 wins this year, the only player to have won those many and will take on Djokovic in the quarter-final. The two have played each other three times before this and Djokovic has won on all three occasions including the Australian Open earlier this year in which he was a winner in four sets in round four.

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