Daniil Medvedev halts Taylor Fritz’s run in Cincinnati | ATP Tour

Daniel MedvedevThe quest for a fifth ATP Masters 1000 title was in full swing Western & Southern Open Friday when he went down TaylorFritz 7-6(1), 6-3 to reach the semifinals in Cincinnati.

The top seed reinforced his impressive victories Botic van de Zandschulp and Denis Shapovalov advance with an all-round view against the American after one hour and 38 minutes.

The 26-year-old shot 32 winners as he laid down shots with his racquet while holding on in key moments during their first ATP Head2Head meeting, saving three set points in the opener to go 9-3 in the Masters 1000 quarter -Final.

Medvedev suffered a disappointing defeat in the second round Nick Kyrgios Last week in Montreal. However, he found his rhythm in Cincinnati and is now 14-4 in the hard court event.

“Cincinnati fast courts and fast balls and I’ve always liked it. But always tricky matches, especially between two great servers,” Medvedev said in his on-court interview. “I feel like me and Taylor have served well, even if we’re not John [Isner] may be! I knew it was going to be a close match.

“He was a bit on top of me in the first set. He had a lot more chances than me on my serve but I managed to stay inside. There were some set points that I could have missed and nobody would have talked about it, it would have been normal. But I managed to stay in the set and that helped me win the match.”

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Medvedev clinched his first Masters 1000 trophy at the event in 2019 before reaching the semifinals last season. He will look to continue his strong record in Ohio when he takes on Greece Stefanos Tsitsipas or american John Isner in the last four.

The 2020 Nitto ATP Finals Champion sure to maintain his No. 1 status in the Pepperstone ATP rankings at least through US Open, aims to claim his second title of the year and 14th crown on a tough overall win. The four-time Masters 1000 champion scooped the trophy in Los Cabos last month while reaching the finals at the finals Australian Open‘s-Hertogenbosch and in Halle.

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In front of a lively American crowd, both came out with momentum as Fritz tried to pierce Medvedev’s defense with his flat groundstrokes. The 11th seedling returned with great depth throughout and had three set points in the set on Medvedev’s serve. However, the top-seeker stayed consistent from the baseline to save one at 4-5 and two others at 5-6 before driving away in the tie-break and taking the lead.

Medvedev was bogged down early in the second set, winning a mammoth rally to claim an early break. The 26-year-old looked like a wall from the baseline as he covered the ground to hang in point. He threw up a huge lob, which to his surprise fell before Fritz finally hit a forehand wide, with Medvedev raising his arms in celebration. The top seed then stayed solid on serve to triumph.

Medvedev now holds a 20-6 record in tiebreaks at Masters 1000 events. A record he is proud of.

“That’s great, because tiebreaks are a nice thing. We call it a lottery and I think it’s a bit like that. I remember when I had the crazy run in 2019. I think someone once told me that I won a lot of tiebreaks in a row,” Medvedev said. “I don’t know if it was eight or twelve, so I was like, ‘That’s cool.’ I’m just trying to do my best and win every point. You win some and lose some. But 20-6 is a good record, so I’m happy about that.”

11th-seeded Fritz was looking to reach his second Masters 1000 semifinal of the season after rising to the title at Indian Wells in March. The 24-year-old is currently 10th in the Pepperstone ATP Race To Turin and is trying to qualify for the race Nitto ATP Finals for the first time.

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