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By Richard Pagliaro | Monday, March 28, 2022


Daniil Medvedev ripped 14 aces sweeping Pedro Martinez 6-3, 6-4 to roll into the Miami Open fourth round, moving closer to regaining No. 1.

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Returning to world No. 1 isn’t an obsession for Daniil Medvedev, but it’s becoming more realistic with each passing round.

The top-seeded Russian ripped 14 aces sweeping Spaniard Pedro Martinez 6-3, 6-4 to roll into the Miami Open fourth round.

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US Open champion Medvedev now stands two victories away from regaining the world No. 1 ranking from Novak Djokovic. Should Medvedev reach the Miami semifinals for the first time, then he will rise to the top for the second time.

Riding that crackling first serve, Medvedev raised his record to 15-4 on the season. The Australian Open finalist will face American Jenson Brooksby for a spot in the quarterfinals.

Brooksby rallied from a love-4 deficit in the final set repelling Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 to reach the Miami Open fourth round for the first time.

Brooksby hit five of his eight aces in the final set when he won 11 of 13 first-serve points.

It’s the second straight Masters 1000 round of 16 for Brooksby, who toppled fifth-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas in Indian Wells before bowing to defending-champion Cameron Norrie.

The 47th-ranked Martinez hung tough early with Medvedev and mixed in the slice and drop shot to try to make the 6’6” Russian bend low and scrape shots off his shoelaces.

A patient Medvedev absorbed it all and used his two-handed backhand wisely to break open rallies. Medvedev broke for 5-3 then served out the 38-minute opening set at 15. Medvedev hit eight aces in the opener and won 79 percent of his first-serve points.

The pair traded breaks in the third and fourth games of the second set, before Medvedev took command of the center of the court. Medvedev rolled through 14 of the final 15 points to close in 84 minutes.


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