- Cincinnati: The next champion: Medvedev wins his first 1000 Masters
With its somewhat aged appearance, the physiognomy of a thrown brigadist and tennis far from academicism, Daniil Medvedev has passed over the lukewarm generation, stranded again on the North American hard track tour prior to the US Open. Faced with the millimeter gradation of efforts of the three great dominators of the circuit and the continuous disappointments of those who aspire to face them, the name of the Russian gains weight after getting his first 1000 Masters in Cincinnati.
Still cracked, under the symptoms that affected him in the final stretch of the final against David Goffin, he attended the media with a generous and coherent speech after becoming the first Russian who enters the top five of the ranking since he did it in 2010 Nikolay Davydenko
The victory in Ohio allowed him to culminate brilliantly the best three weeks of his life, as he never tired of qualifying them before journalists. After losing the final of Washington to Nick Kyrgios and being annihilated by Rafael Nadal in Montreal, the Moscow player achieved the greatest success of his career by winning Goffin 7-6 (3) and 6-4.
Logical the discomfort of sitting, logical gestures with which he tried to stretch his punished legs in the press room, which had endured 16 games in the last 20 days. No one has done better since the Wimbledon tournament concluded. No one has won as many games as he has this season. With 44 victories, three more than Nadal, he is the most voracious of the victors, also sending on the hard track win list, 31.
«I have to say that if I hadn't won the trophy, these weeks would have been amazing and the best of my life. But of course, I think the title is better. If I had lost the final three in a row, I would have begun to wonder how it is possible to lose three final in a row. What should I do differently in a final? ”He commented after the win.
A strange summer
At 23, without having managed to go beyond the knockout stages in a Grand Slam tournament, Medvedev has been the unexpected protagonist of a strange summer. Nadal responded in Montreal and took the tournament for the fifth time after prospering easily in favorable circumstances, with a simple draw and one less game on the road, as he did not need to play the semifinals due to the injury of Gael Monfils.
Djokovic and Federer, on the other hand, have said little in their return to the fields in Cincinnati. The Swiss fell in his second game since the traumatic defeat in the Wimbledon final and the world number 1, worried about the discomfort in the elbow, was, in the semifinals, one more victim of Medvedev, who had already surpassed him in the last Monte Carlo rooms. In the penultimate round of Cincinnati, before the winner of 16 majors, the Russian demonstrated his ability to interpret the game and took a step forward after giving up the first set somewhat contemplatively, to end up winning 3-6, 6- 3 and 6-3.
Good restorer, with the reverse as the best blow, was pleasantly surprised by the growth experienced with his service throughout this successful period. With him, thanks to four consecutive aces, he escaped before Goffin of the delicate moment in which the first cramps assaulted him. «It is supersolid. It does not fail. It is like playing against a wall. He is a really good player. And in this kind of surface, it's hard to find the precision to make it a winning hit, ”said Goffin.
Resident in Monte Carlo, he trains under the orders of the Frenchman Gilles Cervara for five years. Hatching can also be understood as a consequence of a greater degree of commitment. Medvedev, crazy about sweets, now takes care of his food and has been doing a severe job in recent months, which has allowed him to win his five titles in the last two seasons: Sofia, also this year, in addition to Tokyo, Winston Salem and Sydney in 2018.
While he waited, again, for what men like Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem or Stefanos Tsitsipas might say, Medvedev breaks in, whom only the Austrian surpasses in the ranking. It is true that they all have a more proven background, but the Russian is added to the list of emerging players, perhaps with lower conditions than some of them, but backed by the endorsement of his enormous constancy and determination.
Married to Daria since September last year, he has also taken command in Russian tennis. If in Montreal he finished in the semifinals with Karen Khachanov, winner of the last edition of Paris-Bercy, in Cincinnati he stopped Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals, which came to surprise Federer in the previous round.
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