Form Medvedev beats Goffin to win first ATP Masters 1000 title

Ross Houston
August 20, 2019

Ranked eighth in the world, 23-year-old Medvedev beat defending Western & Southern Open champ Djokovic, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, on Saturday in Cincinnati to reach his second ATP Masters 1000 final in two weeks and his third straight final.

In the discussion about yesterday's semi-finals, I said that Daniil Medvedev would need to start well against Novak Djokovic in order to succeed in their semi-final.

At three games all in the second set and 0-30 down on serve, Medvedev begin powering down second serves to reel off four successive points, including a second-serve ace, before breaking Djokovic in the next game with a down-the-line victor.

He lost to Rafael Nadal in the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal last weekend and to Nick Kyrgios in the final of the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. two weekends ago.

Medvedev, who beat Djokovic in April at Monte Carlo, is guaranteed a new career-high ranking heading into the US Open and will play Belgian David Goffin in the Cincinnati final on Sunday.

An immediate break at the start of the second set put him firmly on the road to victory and he kept his nerve to close out the victory despite suffering from cramp late in the match.

"I don't know how I turned it around, I was so exhausted after the first set and I thought I might not be able to keep up the intensity", Medvedev said. Then, the one momentum change in the second set was the difference.

"Novak, he was destroying me on the second serve so at one moment, at three-all, love-30, I'm like 'OK, what's the matter?'"

The first half was a clinic as Djokovic produced an nearly flawless display, hitting nine winners and just three unforced errors, compared to Medvedev's 11.

"I do it all the time when my second serve doesn't work". The crowd gave me so much energy.

"He's working his way to the top five (in the world)".

"No, actually, my mentality is always I take every match the same, from the first round, because I always say if you lose in the first round you won't be in the final, so why to take it different?" "I'm really feeling great about my tennis".

Goffin had received a walkover into the semi-finals after Yoshihito Nishioka was forced to withdraw due to food poisoning.

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

"It was nearly a day off, so I was fresh and physically 100 percent today to play against Richard", the Belgian said.

"It's hard to find words", Medvedev said in the post-match interviews.

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