Tag: Richard Gasquet
Ninth-seeded Russian Medvedev stepped up his game after losing the first set eventually beating Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Australia's Ashleigh Barty was off the boil against Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, who is back on form following several seasons of injuries including a wrist problem.
The seven-time Cincinnati champion was unable to make an impression as he played only his second match since losing the Wimbledon final to Novak Djokovic.
Andy Murray later announced he will not be playing singles in the US Open, which begins in two weeks.
Gasquet, ranked 28th in the world, held his serve to force a tiebreak and kept his composure to prevail on the first match point.
Kei Nishikori will play against Daniil Medvedev in the Japan Open final after beating Richard Gasquet.
Nick Kyrgios beat Yoshihito Nishioka 7-5, 7-6 (7/3) in the first round of the Japan Open and will next play against Richard Gasquet.
In the tie-break, Gasquet, ranked 25th, took the first two points but Simon fought back to clinch the set in 59 minutes.
Sixth-seeded Djokovic, seeking to add to the US Open titles he won in 2011 and 2015, triumphs 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 before a rowdy night crowd on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
After beating Tennys Sandgren, Novak Djokovic will face Richard Gasquet in the third round.
Alexander Zverev beat Jan-Lennard Struff to advance to a Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinal match against either Mischa Zverev or Richard Gasquet.
After defeating Aljaž Bedene, the world number five will next play against Stefanos Tsitsipas.