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Medvedev edges past Sonego to book last eight spot alongside Rublev, Hurkacz at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships


Reigning champion Medvedev recovers from losing opening set to beat Sonego in tight encounter on Centre Court
No. 4 seed Khachanov beaten in three-set thriller by Czech Lehecka
Hurkacz and Korda through to quarterfinals in straight sets, Qatar Open finalist Mensik forced to retire

Dubai, UAE – February 28, 2024: Reigning champion Daniil Medvedev avoided an early scare to overcome a spirited performance by Lorenzo Sonego and secure a spot in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory.

The world No. 4 looked shaky during the opening exchanges, winning just 53 per cent (10/19) of points behind his first delivery as counterpart Sonego took full advantage and deservedly won the first set. Medvedev, to his credit, recovered quickly and served with far more aggression in the second and third sets, firing off both wings and hitting pinpoint serves.

Watch: Medvedev vs. Sonego R2 Highlights – 2024 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

The decisive moment came during a tense fifth game in the final set as the No. 1 seed broke Sonego’s serve with a running forehand winner and safely saw out the match thereafter. Medvedev will face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina after Qatar Open finalist Jakub Mensik was forced to retire through injury early in the second set of their clash.

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Hubert Hurkacz will join Medvedev in the last eight after a battling 7-6(5), 6-4 victory over Australian Christopher O’Connell. The world No. 8 will make his fourth quarterfinal appearance in Dubai when he takes to the court to face Ugo Humbert, the French No1, on Thursday evening.

One man who will not be competing in the quarterfinals is Karen Khachanov after the No. 4 seed was sent crashing out of the tournament following Jiri Lehecka’s stunning comeback victory, 6-7(6), 7-6(5), 6-4.

Photos: ATP Day 3 action at the 2024 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Lehecka, the world’s No. 36, knelt to the floor in elation after securing a spot in the last eight at the expense of in-form Khachanov, who had come into the match on the back of five straight wins. The 27-year-old won his sixth-career title in Doha last week and looked on course to continue that momentum after clinching the first set against Lehecka.

Jiri Lehecka

Lehecka had other ideas, though, saving five points during a tense second set, coming back from 0-3 in the tiebreak that later followed and from 2-4 in the third decisive set to secure a second top-20 win of the season after a mammoth three-hour clash on Court One.

Meanwhile. Sebastian Korda continues to enjoy his maiden Dubai tournament, needing just 43 minutes to breeze past Botic van de Zandschulp and set up a quarter-final meeting against 2022 winner Andrey Rublev.

Korda, the first son to follow in his father’s footsteps in featuring in the premier tennis tournament of the Middle East, dropped just one game in an emphatic 6-1, 6-0 victory over the Dutch No. 2.

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is owned and organised by Dubai Duty Free and held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Tickets for this week’s ATP event are available to purchase at www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com.

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