Medvedev Hangs On For First Masters In Cincinnati, Prevails Over Goffin
by Staff | August 18th, 2019, 10:20 pm

Daniil Medvedev became a Masters champion on Sunday edging David Goffin 7-6(3), 6-4 in the Cincinnati final.

On a steamy afternoon in Ohio, Medvedev grabbed an early break but it didn’t last long. Goffin came right back then forced a breaker. Medvedev came from a mini break down to take it going away.

Another quick break looked good for the 8th-ranked Medvedev in the second. But serving for the match at 5-4, he went down 15-40 after a racquet smashed. But he continued on and fighting cramps, the big guy just put his money on serve and it paid off with three aces to pace the win in the final game.

“It’s hard to find words,” Medvedev told ESPN. “It’s the hard work I’ve been putting in. It would not be good to lose three finals in a row, so I’m really happy about this. I started cramping at 5-3, actually. It was the first time I cramped in three weeks. I made four serves he didn’t return and it was unbelievable.”

Medvedev, who has made three straight finals, wins his biggest career title and his fifth overall, second of 2019. He will move to No. 5 in the world after a 14-2 summer swing, and now enters the US Open as a player to watch out for.

“I have to say even if I wouldn’t have finished with the trophy, these weeks were amazing and the best in my life,” Medvedev said. “But of course I think with the trophy is better. Especially if I would have lost three finals in a row, I would have not doubted myself but started asking myself how is it possible, three finals, lost all of them? What should I do differently in the final?

“I don’t have to ask myself these questions because I won the final. It’s been the best weeks in my life. My serve was the best in my life. My tennis was really consistent. I didn’t have one bad match. I’m just extremely happy.”

Goffin was also seeking his biggest title and his fifth, but the Belgian still made his first Masters final and had his best week in years.

“He played unbelievable the last three weeks,” Goffin said. “He’s super solid. He doesn’t miss. It’s like playing against a wall. That’s why everybody is struggling, because he’s so consistent, now with more confidence.

“He’s a really good player, really good player. And on that kind of surface when it’s tough to control the ball, he’s just solid. It’s tough to make a winner, to be precise. He’s really good, unbelievable the level he had the last three weeks. Congrats to him.”

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4 Comments for Medvedev Hangs On For First Masters In Cincinnati, Prevails Over Goffin

RZ Says:

Medvedev coming on strong in the summer hardcourt season. Should be a top contender for the US Open, but I don’t know if he can hang in best of 5 after so much recent match play.

BTW, I should have the US Open bracket up on Friday.

Andrew Miller Says:

I’m now a Medvedev fan! I’d like to see the Russian ATP players do well – they’ve had an excellent North American run – Medvedev leads, then Khachanov with a few nice runs this summer, and Rublev coming on strong with a sound game. They hit bigger than recent past top guys like Davydenko. As to whether they can maintain this over a five set match, you never know – a US Open evening match could lend itself to some upsets or classics. At least I hope for good tennis. I am rooting for them and the next generation of next gen players (given the previous next generation and one behind them has been nearly winless in the big three to four plus Wawrinka era!).

Old School Says:

Was courtside, man was it hot! Luck played a part, 3rd point of tiebreaker, Med point, could have been DG’s. DM has the will, more so than his contemporaries, not sure if he can muster enough winners from backhand. Abandoning 2nd serve, going first serve strategically instead paid off.

SG1 Says:

The US Open is perhaps, the most difficult of all the majors to win and you have to be tough mentally to get through. Being the last major, fatigue from the season is a factor, heat is a factor, it being the last chance to win a slam during the calendar also plays a role as everyone is emptying what’s left to win it. Then there are the night matches and the rowdy NY crowd.

I think the US Open will suit Medvedev well. He’s strong between the ears.

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