Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas defeat American big hitters to reach Cincinnati Open semifinals
Daniil Medvedev defeated American big hitters in Cincinnati to set up an exciting semifinal against fellow Russian Stefanos Tsitsipas.
When the match was tied at 1¾-points after two days of play, Medvedev looked to take the tiebreak. However, in the end, he was unable to hold off the young American in a back-and-forth contest, with the world number one scoring a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory.
With the win, Medvedev continues his climb to the top of the ATP World Tennis Rankings, where he has remained for the past five weeks. This victory, Medvedev’s first on tour since the US Open, is just one of his 16 career victories, placing him at the top of the world’s No. 1 ranked players list. Medvedev will meet Russian favorite and world number 1 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the Cincinnati Open on Sunday.
“It’s a big win for me. I played against the number one guy in the world today. But I’m very happy today,” Medvedev said after the match. “It’s just unbelievable how he started the match with such a big lead, and then I started to get more and more comfortable and I fought really hard. In the end, I played fantastic.”
While Medvedev is in the midst of a four-week stretch at the top of the world’s rankings, Tsitsipas is out with an injury that could keep him out for several weeks. Tsitsipas, the reigning U.S. Open champion, is currently in his hometown playing a key match that could determine his tournament.
It is a key point on the ATP World Tour’s calendar, but this time tournament organizers have ensured that Tsitsipas’s injury can be treated in the comfort that is Cincinnati.
“Tsitsipas has come in the past and had surgery in Cincinnati, they can give him the best service immediately,” tournament organizer Rick Leach told ATPWorldTour.com. “