Twelve months ago in Canada, Daniil Medvedev reached the third round as a qualifier, standing strong a year later and advancing into the second Masters 1000 quarter-final with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Cristian Garin. Making the Masters 1000 debut here in Toronto, Garin ousted John Isner in the previous round but stood no chance today, taking only eight points on the return and suffering one break of serve.
On the other hand, the Russian claimed 46% of the return points, earning four breaks from six opportunities and overpowering Cristian in the longest points completely to sail towards the finish line. The Chilean got broken in the second game of the match after a few loose forehands, breaking back in the next game with a backhand crosscourt winner before losing serve again when his forehand found the net in game four.
Garin saved a set point on serve at 2-5 but that was all he could do, allowing Daniil to claim the opener with four service winners a few minutes later for a 6-3 after 31 minutes. They stayed neck and neck in the first six games of the second set and it was the Russian who shifted into a higher gear from there, breaking in game seven after a backhand error from Cristian and moving over the top after yet another wild forehand from Garin at 5-3, setting the quarter-final meeting with Dominic Thiem.
World no. 4 and the 2nd seed had to work hard to topple Marin Cilic 7-6 6-4 in an hour and 53 minutes for the place in the 13th Masters 1000 quarter-final. In only their second meeting on the Tour, Dominic fired 11 aces and fended off all seven break points to keep the serve intact, stealing Marin’s serve once to prevail in straight sets.
The Austrian had 32 winners and 25 unforced errors, failing to return almost 40% of Marin’s serve but having the edge in the most extended rallies to book the place in the last eight. At 3-3 in the opener, Thiem faced four break points and dismissed them all with some incredible hitting and four winners that got him out of jail.
The tie break was very tight as well and Dominic grabbed it 9-7 after 62 minutes for a huge boost ahead of the second set. There, Thiem repelled three break points in game two, with winners, of course, moving in front with a short forehand crosscourt winner at the net in the next game and earning the match point on the return at 5-3.
Marin saved it with an unreturned serve, bringing another one to close the game and force Dominic to serve for the triumph. The Austrian fended off two break chances with a couple of winners and seizing the fourth match point when Cilic sent a forehand long to move over the finish line and stay on the title course, just a week after lifting the first ATP title in front of the home fans in Kitzbuhel.