Russian tennis player Medvedev wins first ATP Masters title in Cincinnati

Tanya Simon
August 21, 2019

"I played some really, really great players from Round 1 until today", Keys said after the match.

Russia's Daniil Medvedev and Madison Keys of the United States won the men's and women's singles titles of the Cincinnati Masters after winning their respective summit clashes.

"I'm so exhausted, I nearly can't talk now".

"It's been the best weeks in my life", Medvedev said after his triumph in the U.S., recalling his sensational semifinal match where he knocked out none other than the world number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia.

He now leads the ATP Tour with 44 match wins this year, including a tour-leading 31 on hard courts.

Goffin was competing in his second final of 2019 after losing to Federer in Halle. "Congratulations to your team", he told Medvedev, "Once again, an unbelievable week for you, fantastic".

But Medvedev's break in the opening game of the second set was all he needed as he avenged a loss to Goffin at Wimbledon this year.

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The new world number five, who won his fifth ATP title, will try to build on his success at the season-ending Grand Slam tournament, the US Open, which kicks off next Monday.

Kuznetsova, a two-time Grand Slam champion working her way back up the rankings after a series of injuries, was broken back in the 10th game of each set by 16th-seeded Keys - who fired 13 aces on the way to victory. She beat three top-10 players in a tournament _ Sloane Stephens, Karolina Pliskova and Ashleigh Barty _ for the first time in her 19-year career.

Keys' road to the title was a gauntlet, facing Garbine Muguruza, Daria Kasatkina, Simona Halep, Venus Williams, Sofia Kenin, and veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final. Keys said in accepting the tournament trophy.

"I definitely think I played some of my best tennis consistently this week". Naomi Osaka, the defending U.S. Open champion, withdrew from her semifinal match on Friday with discomfort in her left knee that left her anxious about her condition heading to NY.

The ninth-seeded Russian finished off a 7-6 (3), 6-4 win over David Goffin with an ace after saving two break points. Keys broke Kuznetsova to level at 5-all and ran out the victor in the ensuing tiebreaker as the Russian sent a service return long on Keys's second match point. "I think my Montreal final against Rafa was important", he said of hanging on.

"I did not experience this too many times in my career that someone goes so big on second serves and just serves two first serves basically for an extended period of time".

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