Daniil Medvedev battles past David Goffin to claim Cincinnati Masters title

ATP Cincinnati Valiant Daniil Medvedev dethrones Novak Djokovic

Daniil Medvedev, coming off back-to-back ATP finals defeats, held off David Goffin 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 on Sunday to win the ATP Cincinnati Masters.

Medvedev saved two breaks points while serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set before winning the next four, capped off by an ace, to close out his dogged Belgian opponent.

The 23-year-old from Moscow followed up victory over Djokovic at Monte Carlo in April, and reached his third successive ATP Tour final, having lost to Nick Kyrgios in Washington and Rafael Nadal in Montreal. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.

The first half was a clinic as Djokovic produced an nearly flawless display, hitting nine winners and just three unforced errors, compared to Medvedev's 11.

The No 9 seed dramatically stepped up his game after losing the first set in Cincinnati, eventually prevailing 3-6 6-3 6-3 to set up an unexpected final against David Goffin.

The complexion of the match changed in a heartbeat as Medvedev overpowered the previously dominant Djokovic.

With the US Open starting on August 26, Djokovic said he took "mostly positives" from the week. I did not experience this too many times in my career that someone goes so big on second serves and just serves two first serves basically for an extended period of time. Not much that I could really do.

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So I have this second serve and I'm, like, Okay. [Daniil] is working his way to the top five.

He has the most match wins on any surface this year with 43.

The 16th-seeded Goffin beat France's Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-4 in Saturday's earlier semi-final to reach his maiden Masters decider. "MEDVEDEV dudes insane." Analyzing the late stages of the final, Medvedev said: "I started cramping at 5-4 from the beginning, which I think I made ace at Love-30, so I was, like, Okay I need to stay in there". "It's a tournament I like and I've played the best tennis here in the past few years". (Laughter.) I was a bit stressed, because, well, it's a final of a Masters, so every time I tried to go for a bigger shot I was feeling inside of me that kind of not secure in them. "It's a great moment for me".

Goffin trailed 2-0 in the second, but broke straight back to level it up before reeling off five of the next six games to seal victory in one hour and 16 minutes.

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

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

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