Daniil Medvedev assured his keep atop the Pepperstone ATP Rankings till at the very least the tip of the US Open by reaching the ultimate on the Abierto de Tenis Mifel on Saturday evening in Los Cabos.
In his second stint as World No. 1, Medvedev superior to his fourth ultimate of the season with a 7-6(0), 6-1 win towards fourth seed Miomir Kecmanovic. He’ll face defending champion Cameron Norrie in Saturday’s ultimate as he seeks his first title of 2022.
“Very robust match,” Medvedev stated in his on-court interview. “He began nice and all the primary set was an excellent degree. So many robust factors, so many factors the place I felt like I used to be near getting the sting. The tie-break was nice.”
Kecmanovic got here out firing and held a 4-1 lead after saving the primary break level towards him. The Serbian was absolutely snug in his third semi-final of the 12 months, and he confirmed it with an array of drop photographs, together with a three-shot combo during which he casually hit a drop shot, a volley lob and a drop volley to frustrate his opponent.
However Medvedev started to seek out his groove halfway although the opening set, settling in together with his metronomic baseline brilliance as he started to manage the rallies. He was at his scrambling finest early within the tie-break, following up robust protection with a flicked backhand move as he requested for extra noise from the Mexican crowd.
“I am not the sort of man to ask [for the crowd to cheer] like this,” he stated with amusing. “I made an excellent level, so I believed, ‘This one was good, let’s attempt to pump it up somewhat bit.'”
After racing by the shutout tie-break, he stayed on the assault to construct a 3-0 lead within the second set. He secured a second break late within the set as Kecmanovic started to fade, then hit two well-placed volleys on match level to seal the victory.
Medvedev improved to 2-0 in his ATPHead2Head towards the Serbian, backing up his Roland Garros third-round win in Could. He additionally prevailed in his solely earlier tour-level assembly together with his ultimate opponent Norrie, a straight-sets win on the Rolex Shanghai Masters in 2019. The Briton moved inside one win of defending his Los Cabos crown with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 semi-final victory towards second seed Felix Auger-Aliassime.