Daniil Medvedev won the second title of his career, and the year, on Saturday when he defeated American Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-4 for the Winston-Salem Open title in North Carolina.
“At the beginning of the week, I didn’t think it was going to be possible because I was playing quite good but I didn’t feel I was at the right form to win a title,” he said after the final. “I started quite slow the tournament I would say. I could’ve even lost the first match, and finally I won the tournament without dropping a set, which is quite an amazing achievement and I’m really happy about it.”
The 22-year-old Russian did not drop a set during the week.
The 6-foot-6 Medvedev improved to 4-1 against Johnson. It was his second title after in January winning Sydney as a qualifier.
Medvedev successfully attacked the Johnson slice backhand, nullifying the big Johnson forehand.
“He played really well. Didn’t make many errors, and unfortunately, it wasn’t my best day of tennis. But that’s life,” Johnson said. “I didn’t find a way to get it done on some of the big points and hopefully I’ll clean up a few things when I play on Monday at the US Open.”
Medvedev is now 2-1 in career finals while Johnson fell to 4-2.
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