Medvedev keeps winning, Kerber finds form in Osaka

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Daniil Medvedev (Getty Images)
Daniil Medvedev’s strong US Open form has continued on home soil in St Petersburg while Angelique Kerber reaches her first semifinal in three months in Osaka.

Daniil Medvedev is eyeing his fifth final in two months after beating fellow Russian Andrei Rublev 6-4 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the St Petersburg Open.

In his first tournament since losing the US Open final to Rafael Nadal, Medvedev will play a semifinal on Saturday against Belarusian qualifier Egor Gerasimov, who beat Matteo Berrettini 7-6(5) 7-6(3).

Before the US Open, Medvedev reached three tour finals in August, winning in Cincinnati but losing in Washington DC and Montreal.

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Borna Coric, seeded fourth in St Petersburg, faces qualifier Joao Sousa in the other semifinal.

Coric won his quarterfinal 3-6 7-5 6-3 against Casper Ruud, who had not won a tour-level match indoors until this week.

Sousa upset 2010 St Petersburg champion Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6(8) 6-2.

Kerber into Osaka semifinals

Fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany reached the semifinals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open when fifth-seeded Madison Keys withdrew in the decisive set on Friday at Osaka, Japan.

Kerber led 6-4, 4-6, 2-1 when Keys couldn’t continue due to a foot injury. Kerber had 18 winners and 13 unforced errors, while Keys hit 39 winners and committed 33 unforced errors.

“It was a really good match in the first two sets, and this is never the way that you want to win the match. I hope Madison will recover really soon so she is ready for the next tournaments,” said Kerber, who improves her head-to-head record over Keys to 9-2.

“I tried to give everything I could today, and I’m looking forward to playing the next round.”

The match was the only one completed due to weather conditions as Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova led Japan’s Misaki Doi 2-0 in the first set when play was halted.

That match is scheduled to be completed on Saturday, when postponed quarterfinal matches between top-seeded Naomi Osaka of Japan and Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva and ninth-seeded Belgian Elise Mertens and Italy’s Camila Giorgi will also take place.

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