The month of August was dominated by Daniil Medvedev and now the Russian has to show a piece of silver. On Sunday, the Russian secured his first ATP Masters 1000 title at the Western & Southern Open, defeating David Goffin 7: 6 (3: 6: 4).
Medvedev grabbed his first Masters shield in Cincinnati and extended a dominant run of form, in which he reached three finals in three weeks. After Medvedev won at the Citi Open in Washington (L.Kyrgios) and Rogers Cup in Montreal (l.Nadal) in succession championships, he was the last man in Cincinnati.
"It's hard to find words," said Medvedev Brad Gilbert of ESPN after the match. "It's the hard work I've done, it would not be good if I lost three finals in a row, I'm really happy about it, I started 5: 3, it was the first time I ever did." In three weeks it was tight. I made four serves. He did not return and it was incredible. In London, he will be the first Russian to be ranked No. 5 in the top 5 after Nikolay Davydenko in 201
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The day after the angry defending champion Novak Djokovic struggled, the Russian seized the opportunity with an impressive performance against Goffin, the fifth player from his country winning an ATP Masters 1000 shield, along with Marat Safin (5), Davydenko (3), Andrei Chesnokov (2) and Karen Khachanov (1). Khachanov prevailed in Paris last year.
In the semi-final on Saturday, Medvedev turned the script over in an instant to improve on Djokovic's hyper-aggressive game plan and, with a good strategy for the serve, recovered from relegation to reach the final be like the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
The Belgian managed to bring only one of Medvedev's first nine serves into play. The 28-year-old fought on his own to adjust the basic rhythm of his opponent. The Russian won 3: 1 with a cross-court winner.
However, Goffin beat four backhand winners 4-1 and managed a seven-minute hold to consolidate the game. Medvedev, who played his 18th game in 20 days, struggled for energy later in the set, but a winner with a gun in hand ensured he took the lead 5-2 in the subsequent tie. Two points later, he sealed the first goal after 56 minutes.
Medvedev refused to take the lead when the second set began. An immediate break in the opening game was all he needed to cross the finish line. The ninth starter had all the nerve to play, and secured two breakpoints when he went for the title with 5: 4. A frustrated Medvedev cracked his bat frame frustrated at 15/40, but notably four consecutive monsters fired the triumph. He hit a 123 mph per second to save the chance for the first break, followed by three direct aces to close after an hour and 39 minutes.
Youngest First Champion 1000 Champions
|Won Tournament||2019|| Daniil Medvedev
|2019||Fabio Fognini||Monte-Carlo||19659018] 19659019||Indian Wells|
|2018|| John Isner
|2018 19659019 Juan Martin del Potro||Indian Wells|
|2017||Jack Sock||Paris|| 2017
Medwedew's revenge was sweet Goffin in a thrilling fiver at Wimbledon last month. He goes 2-1 in the FedEx ATP Head2Head series.
For players seeking their breakthrough on Masters 1000, this was a fruitful stretch. For the third year in a row, there are at least three first-time Masters 1000 champions. Medvedev joins forces with Dominic Thiem and Indian Wells' Monte Carlo winner Fabio Fognini to secure their first Masters in 2019.
Medvedev becomes the youngest champion in Cincinnati since 21-year-old Andy Murray in 2008, adding a fifth ATP tour title. It is his second of the year after he prevailed in Sofia in February.