During the process, World No. 1 also scored his 250th match win as he returned to his favorite hard court for the first time since his run in the Miami quarterfinals in March.
“Someone told me this at Media Day a few days ago, otherwise I wouldn’t have known,” Medvedev said of reaching the landmark of 250 victories.
“It’s probably a milestone in a way. Of course I want to win more but it’s good to be 250 too. We will try to achieve more,” he said.
Medvedev got his first break of the match to seal the opening set after settling into the Los Cabos Stadium court, then converting at his fifth break point of the second midway through the set.
“Definitely it’s not that easy to play after stopping for a while, especially (my) first game since Miami playing on hard courts in a long, long time. The sensation wasn’t bad. I could just break a little more But when you win everything is fine. I want to play like this in the next matches.”
Hijikata, a North Carolina Tar Heel and world number 224, did not go down quietly. Enjoying the occasion, the 21-year-old made his share of highlights by using his athleticism to cover the court and work Medvedev for more than 90 minutes on the court.
In the quarterfinals, Medvedev will next face Ricardas Berançis, who defeated Facundo Bagnis 7-6(4), 6-3 on Wednesday.
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