Carreño is still sweet and now Medvedev is coming in the quarterfinals

The man from Gijón defeated Polish Hurkacz 7-6 to extend the streak to eleven wins in the last twelve games. The next opponent is the toughest bone in the tournament.


Pablo Carreño is still on a roll. After clinching bronze at the Tokyo Olympics, the man from Gijón defeated Hubert Hurkacz of Poland, seeded number 9 (Pablo is number 7), in a complicated and tremendously matched match in the last 16 of the Cincinnati Masters.

The first set went to the Spanish in the tie break (8-6) and the second set started with a gale from Carreño that made it 3-0 and everything indicated that it would be resolved quickly. However, the rocky Pole broke the serve after two consecutive double faults by the Spanish and equalized at 3 after lifting six counterbreak balls from the Spanish. Another two more losses by Pablo in the next turn of serves brought the score to 4-4 and the feeling that there were too many lost chances. Easy games for both with the serve in command and new balance: 5-5.

The arrival of the second tie break had a great point in favor of the Spanish: his consistency in the game should favor him adding point by point. Carreño once again took out that tremendous confidence and mental strength that he currently has in his shots and that has led him to a streak of 11 victories in the last 12 games to solve it 7-3 for a final double 7-6. Now on the road to the American tournament the toughest bone is crossed, the Russian Medvedev.

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