PARIS, November 6
Russia’s third seed Daniil Medvedev eased past Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-1 to reach the Paris Masters semifinals today, leaving the Argentine facing a nervous wait to see whether he will qualify for the ATP Tour Finals.
“I think Diego is capable of playing better so didn’t show his best tennis,” said Medvedev, who has already booked a place in the season finale in London and will face Canadian Milos Raonic for a place in the final.
Raonic had to dig deep to beat 22-year-old Frenchman Ugo Humbert, saving two match points in a 6-3 3-6 7-6(7) victory. The 10th seed was 4-6 down in the tiebreak but prevailed in a 30-stroke rally to save the first match point and saw off the second with a service winner.
Humbert then saved a match point but bowed out on the second when Raonic smacked his 25th ace of the match. — Reuters
Ramanathan in semis
Eckental (Germany): His net game looking much-improved, India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan stormed into the singles semifinals of the Eckental Challenger with a ruthless win over fourth seed Evgeny Donskoy today. The unseeded Indian trounced the Russian 6-2 6-1 in just 57 minutes as he fired 11 aces during the quarterfinal of the Euro 88520 indoor event. The 35 points that Ramanathan has assured himself by reaching the last-four will push him back to top-200. He is currently ranked 206. It is Ramanathan ‘s best performance of the season as reaching the Bangkok Challenger quarterfinals in January was his previous best result. PTI