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Russian Medvedev Boosts Milan Chances

 #NextGenATP Russian Daniil Medvedev improved his chances of qualifying for the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals, to be held 7-11 November, on Wednesday at the VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

The 21-year-old right-hander hit 16 aces and saved eight of 11 break points to outlast countryman Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(6). “It's always tough to play a friend and you always feel sorry to beat him,” Medvedev said.

Daniil Medvedev will meet top seed Pablo Carreno Busta in the Moscow second round.
The Moscow native is in eighth place in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan. The top seven qualify for the inaugural event, with the eighth spot reserved for the winner of an Italian 21-and-under tournament.

Medvedev has 747 Race points, only 13 behind seventh-placed Hyeon Chung of South Korea, who plays second seed Kevin Anderson on Thursday at the Intrum Stockholm Open. Medvedev will next face top seed and Nitto ATP Finals hopeful Pablo Carreno Busta.

Third-seeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, who recently contested his second ATP World Tour final of the year at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships 2017 (l. to Goffin), knocked out qualifier Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-3, 7-6(4) for a place in the quarter-finals. Mannarino will next challenge Dudi Sela, a 7-5, 6-1 victor over Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil.

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Damir Dzumhur, the sixth seed, recovered from a 0-3 deficit in the deciding set to knock out Indian qualifier Yuki Bhambri 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 in two hours and 27 minutes.

This year’s St. Petersburg Open titlist will next meet 2012 champion Andreas Seppi of Italy, who saved three match points to beat fourth-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 6-3. Seppi was serving at 5-6 in the second set when he erased the trio of match points, including two in a row from 15/40.

Source: http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/kohlschreiber-dzumhur-moscow-2017-wednesday

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