Russia’s Medvedev defeats Djokovic to reach Cincinnati final

Tanya Simon
August 19, 2019

Daniil Medvedev was a set down against Novak Djokovic, but he rallied to stunning 3-6 6-3 6-3 semi-final victory in Cincinnati on Saturday.

"Maybe in the third set when I was broken at one-all I could have done a little bit better, but when someone serves a 128 miles-per-hour second serve and doesn't make too many double faults and goes for every shot, you just have to put your hat down and congratulate him".

But it's Medvedev who will be play his second Masters final in eight days, after losing to Rafael Nadal in the Montreal title match on Sunday.

"I tried to return his serve".

The Russian dropped the first set 6-3 and had to save a break point at 3-2 in the second set.

He reeled off four successive points, including an ace on second serve, to hold and then broke Djokovic in the next game by ripping a victor down the line to seize the initiative.

With momentum, he was able to take the third set as well, and his 16 accessible were the most Djokovic has given up this year in three-set matches. Not much that I could really do. "I've played the best tennis here in the past few years..."

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"Goffin is a tough guy, one of the fastest from the baseline, so I will be prepared to battle and to fight". "It's a great moment for me".

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

Just as Medvedev looked to be cruising - he held to love in his first four service games of the set - he had to come from 15-40 down when serving for the match, closing out his maiden Masters crown and fifth ATP Tour title.

He won the set and the match when a Gasquet backhand was long.

This edge wasn't too dissimilar to 12 month hard court combined percentages (107% to 104% in favour of Medvedev) while Medvedev's improvement is evidenced by his 109.5% figure in 2019 - on the cusp of elite level, with Goffin's numbers around the 103% mark this year. "I didn't know", the Belgian said.

"I made a decision to go on the court for some practice and do what I normally do after".

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