Second-seed Daniil Medvedev advanced to the quarter-finals of the French Open with an easy 6-2 6-1 7-5 win over Cristian Garin.
The 22-seed Chilean was kept on the back foot throughout by his more experienced Russian opponent, who hit ace after ace to dominate his service game, and was ruthless as he pushed to break from the off.
The first set was sided, going 6-2 to Medvedev, but he was even more dominant in the second, setting up what looked like inevitable victory with a 6-1 set win.
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In the third, Garin began to finally make a fist of things, taking his first service game and then breaking back, winning just his first of the match, and then holding his set to move 3-0 up and giving himself a real chance of knocking the favourite off his stride for the rest of the match to follow.
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Medvedev then hinted at a come back when he was able to hold his serve, break his opponent in the next, and follow up with another clean service game to move back to 3-3, and then 4-4 as Medvedev fought to finish off the tie, with his rival battling to simply keep the rubber alive.
At 5-5, a superb return from deep gave Medvedev his third break point as the two-hour mark approached, and an outstanding forehand meant he would be serving for the match.
Ruthless play gave Medvedev three match points and he needed just two to claim the win and set up a last-eight clash with fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.
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