Djokovic Sets Up Medvedev Cincinnati SF; Gasquet Advances
by Staff | August 17th, 2019, 12:04 am
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Novak Djokovic will get a crack at revenge Saturday in the Cincinnati semifinals against the man who knocked him out of Monte Carlo, Daniil Medvedev.

Djokovic set up the meeting after dispatching Lucas Pouille 7-6(2), 6-1 in a much, much tighter match then their 1-sided Australian semifinal meeting.

Just like he did in the Wimbledon final, Djokovic played a perfect breaker, then broke Pouille and getting out of a 3-double fault hold, cruised to his 10th straight win, 9th straight in Cincinnati.

“I thought he played really well throughout the first set. We both held our service games quite comfortably until the tie-break and then I just stayed in there, very focused, didn’t drop my level. He did,” Djokovic said. “[He] double faulted and missed a couple of forehands and obviously that cost him the tiebreak.”

About the only issue was Djokovic received some quick treatment on his right elbow up 4-1 in the second. He did grimace on a serve minutes before the sit down.

Earlier, Medvedev kept his excellent summer going reaching his third straight event semifinal after pounding countryman Andrey Rublev 6-2, 6-3.

Rublev, who had just stunned Roger Federer and then went to Iron Maiden, couldn’t keep the ball in play as Medvedev won his 12th match in his last 14.

“He’s in form. He has a lot of confidence, not missing the ball from the back of the court. He doesn’t seem tired from that amount of matches. On the contrary, it’s serving him well,” said Djokovic of the Russian. “When you’re winning so many matches in a row, your confidence is high and you’re going for your shots. It’s going to be a tough one and I think it’s also going to be physical. I’m hoping for the best.”

Richard Gasquet continued his comeback easing past the favored and in-form Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2.

“I know how tough it was to come back,” said Gasquet. “I know the moments I had at the start of the year, so I just wanted to enjoy, to fight. Of course, it’s not easy to come back after six months out, but I’m here. I’m in semis tomorrow.”

Gasquet will now face David Goffin who didn’t have to hit a ball to return to the semifinals after qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka withdrew ahead of the encounter due to illness.

Gasquet and Goffin have split two meetings.

“It will be tough,” said Gasquet of the semifinal. “He’s a great player. He’s playing very fast. I need to recover now a little bit to be ready for tomorrow, because, as I said, he doesn’t miss. He’s playing fast, especially with the backhand. It will be a tough battle for me. It’s the semis. I have nothing to lose, so I try my best.”

SATURDAY CINCINNATI SCHEDULE
CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
WTA – [1] Ashleigh Barty (Australia) vs [WC] Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia)
Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [PR] Richard Gasquet (France) vs [16] David Goffin (Belgium)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [16] Madison Keys (USA) vs Sofia Kenin (USA)
Night Session – Not Before 6:00 pm
ATP – [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [9] Daniil Medvedev (Russia)
WTA – [8] Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) / Andreja Klepac (Slovenia) vs [5] Anna-Lena Groenefeld (Germany) / Demi Schuurs (Netherlands)


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34 Comments for Djokovic Sets Up Medvedev Cincinnati SF; Gasquet Advances

Van Persie Says:

Did not see Nole’s match, but am reading now he had paim in the right elbow… what I feard in Wimbledon already. Hope it is not that serious though…


Daniel Says:

Just when I thought there were no tennis outside Big 3 in last few months and suddenly Medvedev with 2 straight NA HC Masters finals, besting Djoko from 1 set down today. And I think he will be slight favorite over Goffin in these fast courts.


Django Says:

Well, I guess I have to root for Goffin. It’s his last chance.


chrisford1 Says:

Djokovic lost because Medvedev had arm issues and was hurting and losing when he decided to pull a Stan. Go big or go home. Worked for Stan against Djokovic in some big matches, not least the French Open Final in 2015.
So Medvedev gave up his 2nd serve and tried often, and often successfully to do two 1st serves on Novak. It threw Djokovic off. And he hit harder and to the corners and in for kill shots.

Djokovic may have been thinking “play conserative, don’t trash yourself for the USO” but he may regret that at the end of his career if he never has another Cincinnati opportunity and can’t get a 2nd or 3rd Masters Sweep. It was a tournament where he could have gotten a 2nd and then shooting for a 3rd if he wins Monte Carlo again (Medvedev twarted him there, as well, his year).

IMO, a Cincinnati win and a second Masters Sweep would have meant more on his career resume than a Holy Slam title at the USO, which of course will be harder than giving 100% to get through Daniil and Goffin.

Oh well, his career. His choices.


Wog Boy Says:

Luckily, Nole has a good coach who is going to get him ready for USO and take him successfully into the sunset of his career….


skeezer Says:

This is a tournament where you wind up being the shoo-in favorite and you whiff.
#cough


Wog Boy Says:

Nole lost to #8 in the world who made 3rd final in as many weeks (2 of them masters) and not to qualifier, #70 in the world. Spot the difference.


Van Persie Says:

oh boy, did not see it, was too tired at that time. Woke up at one point an Nole had won the 1st set, this morning, bummer!, saw the score.

yes CF1, a great opportunity wasted by Nole, but to be honnest, I wish the US Open more than Cincy, it will be harder for sure… He has the Master Sweep already, ok, a double would have been amazing.
Have to see the match in order to see, if he really did not tried his best or if Medvedev was too good in changing tactics, as I did read somewhere.

Another lesson learned, again: Nole is more vulnerable when playing the youngsters than playing the other members of Big3.

WB,

I hope you are not right with the coaching issue… and Vajda will be in NY with Nole.


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
Haven’t seen the match either, but looking at Nole stats they are pretty good so Medvedev must have played excellent match.
He is pretty bad match up for Nole, I remember their first match in DC two years ago and he took set from Nole before retiring, there is one cunning thing that he is doing when in trouble, regularly takes MTO, few times in AO match, yesterday, in their first match… but it’s legal so it’s ok.
Vajda wasn’t suppose to come to America, if he is coming that’s good news.


Wog Boy Says:

^^^
BTW, I wanted 38 years old to make SF, much easier for Nole, but he decided to tank the match, look how Medvedev schooled Rublev who beat 38 years old in 2 easy sets.


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
In his interview after the match Nole said exactly what CF1 said.
He said that after 3:3 in the second set Medvedev just became different player, starting to go for a broke, serving second serves as they are first serves, playing Russian roulette which paid off.
Nole was very relaxed and happy with his game, his elbow is fine, no pain whatsoever, gave full credit to Medvedev and said this kind of play happens when player is full of confidence after so many wins in the last three weeks.
He says that he happy with his matches and preparation for USO, and he looked happy and relaxed, I’ll give the link, you won’t understand but you can feel his voice and body language.
If he says so we have to trust him.

Here is the link:
https://youtu.be/KDOhy-zJEOg


Wog Boy Says:

^^^
It’s in Serbian since it was given to Serbian tennis TV.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

Thank you. Could not understand it, but the body language is very good, so I feel better now 🙂
The positivw from it: He has preparation for UO, he is healthy, and he knows which tactix would Medvedev use, ahould thwy meet there and he should be ready for it.


Giles Says:

Now both the young Russians have beaten joker!


Giles Says:

Just realised there is another Russian waiting in the wings, Young Rublev.. Maybe his turn will come soon. Lol


Van Persie Says:

good point, Giles, we were not lucky enough to have more spaniards on the draw 😉


Truth Says:

Novak needs an attitude adjustment. Obviously, despite winning Slams and the Fedal presence, he‘s still emotionally messed up.
Not very motivated to play his best. Still choking games & matches away.
Medvedev was great but not that great.
Chris Fowler mentioned Novak’s scowling face and unhappiness.
The weird, wild hands celebration after winning doesn’t make his tennis more positive.


skeezer Says:

^he needs an attitude adjustment lesson from Roddick.


Django Says:

Roddick who?


chrisford1 Says:

Been a while 2008-09 but I believe Andy R mocked Djokovic as a liar and hypochondriac before their match at the USO. “Anthrax? AIDs, SARS? what’s next on his list, a stuffy nose?” Djokovic then went out and humiliated Roddick in 4 sets then got a NY crowd booing him by saying Roddick was a piece of crap, in so many words. Then Djokovic baited and insulted the NYC crowd. An enraged Roddick pinned Djokovic to a locker then Roddick saw Novak’s huge physio guy Miljana Amanovic stepping up behind him and backed off. Roddick said years later “This guy could break my spine and throw me in a dumpster to die, with one hand…So I backed off. Anyways, Novak and I get along well now..Heat of the moment stuff. ” On Andy’s sports show, Djokovic agreed.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

“Vajda wasn’t suppose to come to America, if he is coming that’s good news.”

just saw one Tweet on Twitter: Vajda is on his way to NY.

Now, I would not blame Goran for Djoko’s loss, he just started. We know, that thinks were not pink with Becker t the beginning either…


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Nole blew far to many points this year, out of stupidity, Rafa is 200 points ahead in the race for year end #1.
If he does better than Nole at USO, Nole can say goodbye to year end #1, don’t count on Rafa not doing well after USO, he will be rested and gunning for #1.

About Goran, it’s personal and you know why, it’s his involvement in civil war and what he said in Adelaide in 1992. Now when he is broke even Serbian money is good.


Wog Boy Says:

Just to be clear, I don’t judge them where they are from but how they behaaved.
I liked and I still love Mario Anicic, Dr Ivo, Borna Coric…but dislike Marin Cilic and Goran for the same reason.
I understand Nole, it’s his life and his choice and in the last two years he is playing politics and reviving “brotherhood and unity” between former “balkan brothers”.
Good luck with that, but I am not part of it, not after what happened not once, not twice but THREE times in the last century, even monkey would learn the lesson after being three times burned;)


Wog Boy Says:

Besides, I don’t consider him great player (he beat my man Pat Rafter) even less of the coach, I know we are on the opposite sides here but friends are often of different opinions that can be discussed next time with the glass of red wine in Novak Center, enjoying the view of mighty Danube (Dunav) river;)


Van Persie Says:

WB,

All good. I understand you well. About Goran, I am myself not very sure he is a good coach. Also I cannot say he was a good tennis player, did not watch many matches at that time, I just liked his looks, so I will not argue with you here. 🙂
I can only hope Vajda will not disappear from the picture, like Gritsch did. Share the same fear with you.


Wog Boy Says:

I did watch him since his young age, he was nicknamed “Zec” (rabbit) by Boba Zivojinovic who was mentoring him and his coach at young age was Jelena Gencic (same one who made Monika Seles, Mima Jausovec and Novak Djokovic), he will never give them credit.

He was young, tall, handsome, talented, fierce Dalmatian with typical Split town accent, one that we loved (particularly women:) played famous DC match in Split against Spain in DC for Yugoslavia and then the war came, some sportspersons showed their true face….


Wog Boy Says:

Google “Jelena Gencic” and check “IMAGES”, the first picture is Jelena with young Goran and Seles, nice photo.


Van Persie Says:

Found it, WB, yes, nice picture.

Talking about Seles, I never liked her looks very much, but watching her now in some picturws, she is the type of person who looks more beautiful after turning 30. She reminds me a bit of Rachel from friends. Looks lovely now 🙂.


Wog Boy Says:

Agree about Seles, she is that type of woman that looks better at mature age…and sounds better.


chrisford1 Says:

With Seles, it is striking how she evolved from “Miss Piggy” to looking so awesome in her 30s.
I am not sure of the timing. Did she look awesome before she married a billionaire, or was she good looking enough with a fine personality – then post marriage – the stylists and beauticians added to her spending budget took it to the next level?
I was a teen that rooted to Steffi, but man, Monica was a machine on court, focused like Rafa, never letting up in a drive to destroy her opponent. I gave great creds to her as a player.


Django Says:

CF
Oh, that Roddick. The one with a single GS.


Wog Boy Says:

CF1, I am pretty sure money didn’t make her look the way she looks now as mature person. She was rich in her own terms.
I also don’t think that just being with filthy rich person made her looks at peace, more womanly, settled and happy with a life.
It was well know that she was extremely close to her father and his premature death broke her and she never got over losing him prematurely. Maybe we can think about that when we look at her finally finding happiness with person 30 years her senior, it’s not fair to be judgemental (I am still making that mistakes occasionally) she looks genuinely in love, happy, fulfilled, settled, at peace with herself and she deserved it considering the hell she had to go through.
So yes, I am pretty sure it’s not her husband’s money that made her feel and look like she is looking today, it could be that she just foud that missing link, love and she deserves it.

Just for the record, I am not spelling her name wrongly, that’s how it’s spelled, Monika, maybe it was changed later when she took US citizenship.


chrisford1 Says:

As a Serb, WB, you are probably interested in news of Janko Tipsarevic’s retirement.
It was a help to Djokovic, Victor Troicki, as well as ladies JJ and Ana Ivanovic – that they had this fine Top 20 player, very smart – to show them the ropes. He had a part in their success, not just “the coaches”.


Wog Boy Says:

Yes, CF1, you described him nicely.
Fine young man who was always different, he was more intellectual than others, the moment he walked out of dressing room he would forget tennis and was doing his own things.
He has nice tennis academy in New Belgrade and is planning international coaching career, his last tennis tournament will be DC in Madrid.
It would be really nice and appropriate for Nole to organise and participate in goodbye match for Tipsa in Belgrade in which one should participate Troicki, Ana, Jelena, Zimonjic and few others, they are the ones who made tennis more popular in Serbia and wider in the Balkans.
BTW, I am Serbian by choice not by birth, great nation with not that great PR management.
Though my father was born in Serbia he wasn’t Serbian (his father is from one country that is bordering former Yugoslavia).
Serbia was good to him and adopted him and he adopted Serbia and raised us to be loyal to the country that gave him opportunity to become what he became (very successful), that’s excatly how I raised my kids towards Australia, but not to forget where are we from.
Belgrade is my city and always will be, most cosmopolitan city in the Balkans, just returned few days ago, mentally still in Belgrade and still badly jet legged;)

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