Medvedev reaches sixth consecutive final at Shanghai Masters

Tanya Simon
October 12, 2019

"I felt like I've played some decent tennis this week and being in a Masters 1000 final here in Shanghai is also something very special for me", said Zverev, who will face in-form Russian Daniil Medvedev for the title.

Daniil Medvedev kept his hot streak going besting Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (5), 7-5 to reach his sixth straight tournament final.

World number six Zverev strengthened his position in the Race To London standings with a 6-3 6-4 win over Italian Matteo Berrettini.

"I don't know if I'm going to be able to beat him the next time or the time after that one, but I know there's going to be a time where I'm going to find opportunities and beat him".

The history was with Medvedev but there was nothing in it as he and Tsitsipas entered the first-set tie break after 43 minutes of high-quality tennis.

In the second round, Novak took down Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-3 in 70 minutes, dropping eight points on serve and taking nearly half of the return points to dominate all the time, breaking Denis three times and moving over the top to set the third-round clash with John Isner.

Medvedev has now seen off the 21-year-old - who defeated World No 1 Novak Djokovic on Friday - in all five of their matches.

"I think (he's) the worst player I can play at the moment", Fognini said of Medvedev.

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"I don't mean to be rude at all, but it's just boring".

"I thought he didn't show any frustrations or too much negativity".

Zverev said the victory over Federer had given him a major confidence boost.

"When I was serving for the match, he changed it again, surprised me again, which I made some mistakes that I shouldn't do but I'm really glad to be in the final after a tough match".

Djokovic's first Masters 1000 victory came in Paris 2005 at the age of 18, staying under the radar in 2006 before making a charge in 2007 when he won two Masters 1000 titles and established himself as the third-strongest force on the Tour. This is the final the tennis world didn't know it needed, with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer out at the quarter-final stage, as these players represent the best of a quickly improving group of young challengers to the top order.

"He's different this year than previous years", said a wary Zverev.

The words "crazy", "amazing" and "dangerous" have been used by current and former tennis players to describe Daniil Medvedev this week, with at least two of them considering the Russian to be the most risky player so far.

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