Opelka fights back to oust top seed Medvedev at St. Petersburg Open

Daniil Medvedev needed three sets to see off Richard Gasquet

Daniil Medvedev needed three sets to see off Richard Gasquet

Meanwhile, Opelka will square off against the No.7 seed Boric Coric for a place in the semifinals. The Canadian fired eight service aces, won 82 percent (32 of 39) of his first-serve points, saved all five break-points he faced and broke Ivashka's serve three times. He is looking for his first title of the year and his third in his native Germany following victories at the clay-court Munich tournament in 2017 and 2018.

Also, second-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain recorded a 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory over Gilles Simon of France; third-seeded Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime was a 6-4, 6-1 victor over Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen; and Spain's Alejandro Davidovich Fokina registered a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2 upset of eighth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia. His reward is a match against Hubert Hurkacz. Opelka moves on to face Borna Coric in the quarterfinals.

He will face Stan Wawrinka for a place in the last four.

Defending champion Daniil Medvedev been sent packing at the St Petersburg Open after Reilly Opelka produced an impressive comeback to beat the No.1 seed.

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The giant American also saved four break points in the deciding set before going on to complete the biggest win of his career against the world number six.

During an on-court interview in the spotlight afterward, Opelka said, "It is always a tough match, playing one of the best players in the world in general, but especially at [his] home".

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"It was ugly for the first set-and-a-half". "For a guy like me, playing against Daniil is very hard, he seems like a nightmare player to me". Despite winning the opening set and having multiple chances to break in the third set, Medvedev lost the Round-of-16 match. No. 4 Karen Khachanov posted a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over wild card and fellow Russian Aslan Karatsev and No. 6 Milos Raonic of Canada rolled to a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan. Querrey and his wife had tested positive for the coronavirus, organizers said.

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