Thursday, 19 September, 2019

Medvedev comes good with Cincinnati Masters title

Novak Djokovic Tennis news - Relentless Novak Djokovic beats Lucas Pouille to reach semi-finals
Shannon Reynolds | 20 August, 2019, 05:31

Ninth-seeded Russian Medvedev stepped up his game after dropping the first set to prevail 3-6 6-3 6-3 and secure his second victory over Djokovic in Masters tournaments this year.

The 16th seeded Goffin beat France's Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-4 in the other semi-final.

His hard-fought three-set win over Djokovic was the first time the Serbian had been beaten in a Masters 1000 semifinal sine 2013 and ended a 10-match winning streak for the Wimbledon champion, who had been defending his Cincinnati crown.

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.

Djokovic dominated in the early rally exchanges during the first set and earned the first break for 4-2 as Medvedev folded with a netted backhand.

"I was so exhausted in the first set and playing Novak, I thought I'm not going to be able to keep the intensity", world No 8 Medvedev said in a courtside interview with ESPN. "But I had a momentum chance in the second set and the crowd gave me energy".

"When I had my racquet on the ball I was returning also his serves, but you can't really predict someone or prepare yourself for someone serving that big second serve consistently from 4-3 to the end of the match with making maybe two double faults out of God knows how many serves", he said.

"I didn't know", the Belgian said.

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But no player on the men's tour has reached more finals in 2019 than Medvedev and his comeback win over Djokovic stands him in good stead heading into the final Grand Slam of the year.

That was until Djokovic's serve was finally penetrated - Medvedev nailing a powerful forehand victor into the corner for a 5-3 lead. At times I played some pretty terrible stuff.

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

Djokovic will now turn his attention to the US Open, which begins on 26 August - and the Serb was full of praise for his opponent. "I've played the best tennis here in the past few years. Not much that I could really do", admitted a magnanimous Djokovic.

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

Medvedev powered to a 4-1 lead in the opening set but had to win it in a tiebreaker as Goffin, coached by 2002 Australian open victor Thomas Johansson, fought back.

"This was a week that I battled through", Barty said.

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