struggled with the heat in Tokyo on Wednesday before reaching the Olympic
quarter-finals, staying on course for a heavyweight clash with Novak Djokovic.
Second-seed Medvedev defeated Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-2,
3-6, 6-2 to set up a last-eight meeting with Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain at
Ariake Tennis Park.
Two-time Grand Slam runner-up Medvedev, who had urged
organisers to delay start times after his opening match, again found the
temperatures testing as the extreme weather policy once more came into effect.
Asked by the umpire if he was OK during the second set, the
Russian replied: “I can finish the match, but I can die. If I die, who
will take responsibility?”
Following a 10-minute interval between the second and third
sets, Medvedev broke Fognini and won the first three games of the decider.
He saved three break points at 4-2 before clinching victory
after two hours and 25 minutes.
World number one Djokovic continues his Olympic title bid
against Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina later Wednesday, with Japan’s Kei
Nishikori, the 2016 bronze medallist, taking on Ilya Ivashka of Belarus.
Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, the highest-ranked player left in
the women’s draw, reached the semi-finals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Camila
Giorgi of Italy.
Fourth-seed Svitolina will play Spain’s Paula Badosa or
Marketa Vondrousova, the conqueror of home favourite Naomi Osaka, for a place
in the final in Tokyo.