Reilly Opelka retaliates to remove Daniil Medvedev at St. Petersburg Open

Reilly Opelka: Hard-serving American Reilly Opelka spared four break focuses in the last set before beating protecting victor Daniil Medvedev 2-6, 5-7, 4-6 to arrive at the quarterfinals of the St. Petersburg Open.

Opelka changed his third set point over to break the top-cultivated Medvedev in the last game in the subsequent set and afterward broke for a second time at 5-4 in the third to secure the match.

The 6th positioned Medvedev has lost four of his last five matches, including the U.S. Open elimination round against Dominic Thiem. His sole success in that length came against Richard Gasquet in the first round in St. Petersburg.

Opelka faces a quarterfinal against seventh-cultivated Borna Coric. The Croatian vanquished Russian special case section Roman Safiullin 6-3, 7-5 subsequent to returning from 3-1 down in the subsequent set.

Second-cultivated Denis Shapovalov experienced little difficulty beating Belarusian qualifier Ilya Ivashka 6-1, 6-4 in their second-round match, and next plays Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals.

Andrey Rublev returned from a set down to win 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 against Ugo Humbert and next plays Cameron Norrie of Britain. Rublev has won 11 of his last 12 matches including a hurry to the Hamburg title and to the quarterfinals of the French Open, which pushed the Russian into the best 10 of the rankings unexpectedly.

Karen Khachanov won an all-Russian match with Aslan Karatsev 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Milos Raonic beat Alexander Bublik 6-3, 6-2.

The St. Petersburg Open was in center Thursday after coordinators claimed Sam Querrey of the U.S. had left Russia by private plane in the wake of being put in disconnection with his significant other and child. Querrey and his better half had tried positive for the Covid, coordinators said.