Daniil Medvedev wins first ATP Masters 1000 title

Ross Houston
August 21, 2019

Keys won four consecutive games to claim the opener.

Two unexpected champions embraced their first Rookwood championship trophies, concluding a week that brought more questions than clarity to the upcoming U.S. Open. A fuming Djokovic, who looked to have control of the contest in the early going, was caught out when Medvedev stepped things up in the second set.

"I want to do well in NY and have a good end to the season".

With the titles under their belts, Russia's Daniil Medvedev and American Madison Keys are beginning to show they are capable of carrying their newfound momentum into a Grand Slam. After flameouts in her last three tournaments and a tough draw for the week, she couldn't imagine the outcome.

"If you told me this is where I would be a week ago, I would have laughed in your face!" she told the crowd.

And yet there she was, climbing eight rungs to world No. 10 and on an unexpected upswing heading to NY. She'll move up to the No. 10 ranking after a gritty showing that was typical of her week.

In the second set Kuznetsova broke Keys in the third game and went ahead 3-1.

Similar to the first set, Keys would wait until late in the second set to make a run, forcing a tiebreak where her power and pace would overwhelm Kuznetsova. Now she's got a good feeling with her favorite Grand Slam event at hand. Keys said in accepting the tournament trophy. "I've learned a lot from this week, and there are nothing but positives going into NY".

At 34, Kuznetsova was the oldest finalist in the Western & Southern Open's history.

"I don't think I can kind of say that he improved his second serve".

After what happened in Cincinnati during the week, nobody knows what to expect in the women's bracket in NY.

The win sees Keys pick up her biggest title of her career and return to the WTA Top 10 with loads of confidence heading into the US Open in eight days. There's some intrigue on the men's side, too. Spanish superstar Nadal, who did not play this week - is second with 41, followed by Roger Federer on 39. And while Medvedev has been a strong contender throughout the year, Goffin's performance brought him within striking range to compete at The O2 for the third time. The ninth-seeded Russian finished with an ace after saving break points in the final game, lifting a first Masters 1000 trophy after settling for runner-up finishes to Nick Kyrgios in Washington and Rafael Nadal in Montreal last weekend.

"To finally lift a trophy is just an unbelievable feeling".

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