Medvedev eases into Mexico ATP event semis

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World No.1 Daniil Medvedev has coasted into the semi-finals of the ATP event in Los Cabos, Mexico with a 6-2 6-2 victory against Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania.

Defending US Open champion Medvedev dropped just three points on his first serve and sealed his 79-minute victory with his eighth ace.

"It was very different," Medvedev said, comparing the match to his opening victory against Australian qualifier Rinky Hijikata.

"My opponent [today] played very different, much more aggressive. To be honest, against that type of player sometimes you don't have much to do. Just try to serve well, bringing the balls back in the court.

"That's what I managed to do. He missed a little but too much today and that was enough."

The 26-year-old is two wins away from his first title of 2022 and one victory away from securing his place atop the ATP Rankings until after the New York grand slam.

"I like playing on hard courts. I'm playing great here so far," Medvedev said of his confidence level.

"Of course the further you go, the tougher the matches, the tougher the opponents, more pressure. But that's what we like and I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

The Russian top seed will play fourth seed Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia, who beat sixth seed Brandon Nakashima 6-2 6-4.

Brit Cameron Norrie, who had a first-round bye, battled past Radu Albot 6-3 7-6 (7-4) is his quarter-final.

The world No.12, who reached the semis at Wimbledon, recovered after losing his serve in the very first game to twice break Albot and take the opening set.

Norrie looked on course for another comfortable victory when forcing an early break in the second set to then lead 5-3.

However, Moldovan Albot, ranked 118 in the world, found a new level and took it to a tiebreaker.

A short volley from the 32-year-old at the net was swiftly dispatched by Norrie to claim an early mini-break before moving 4-1 ahead and eventually closed out in just under two hours.

Norrie will face second seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, who beat American Steve Johnson 6-4 7-6 (7-3).

The Canadian has never lost against Norrie, holding a 4-0 head-to-head record.

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