Daniil Medvedev shocks Novak Djokovic to reach Cincinnati Masters final

Ruben Hill
Августа 18, 2019

Today's opponent, David Goffin, has had an up and down last 12 months or so, with injury being a consideration, and interestingly, he came into this event on the back of three straight losses - not a dissimilar run to Fabio Fognini before he randomly took the title in Monte Carlo earlier on in the year.

After losing the first set, Medvedev decided he had nothing to lose midway through the second, becoming more aggressive in his play, particularly on second serve. "I was so exhausted in the first set and playing Novak I thought I wasn't able to keep the intensity". "But I had a momentum chance in the second set and the crowd gave me energy".

Medvedev has some issues with his right arm and appeared to be in pain in the second set, according to ATP, but a visit from a trainer seemed to solve the issue and allowed him to rally back. Medvedev has around a 4% edge on combined service and return points won here in Cincinnati this week (113% to 109%) and that includes a match against the world number one as well, so does look to be playing the better tennis. "Today I did lose a tennis match, but I didn't do too much wrong".

He has made two finals in the past two weeks, losing to Nick Kyrgios in Washington and Rafa Nadal in Montreal.

"When someone serves a 128mph second serve and goes for every shot, you just have to congratulate him ... he played wonderful tennis from 4-3 in the second set".

"He's working his way to the top five (in the world)".

Medvedev, who now leads the ATP with 30 hardcourt wins this season, will play for the title on Sunday against Belgium's David Goffin, who defeated France's Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-4.

And there is arguably no player in better form on the ATP Tour at this current moment. The Belgian also benefited from a walkover in his quarter-final against Yoshihito Nishioka.

"It was nearly a day off, so I was fresh and physically 100 per cent today to play against Richard", said Goffin, who had a walkover into the last four when Yoshihito Nishioka was forced to withdraw from their quarter-final due to food poisoning.

Goffin surged to an early 4-1 lead with a backhand victor down the line to break, before closing out the first set.

A quick break saw Goffin surge to a 4-1 lead with a backhand victor down the line in the first set.

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