Daniil Medvedev had an easy semifinal day on Saturday in Marseille getting a retirement from qualifier Matthew Ebden up 6-4, 3-0 when the Australian withdrew with an injury.
“Before this, it was a close match,” Medvedev said of the injury. “He was getting close to breaking me at 0/40, so really unfortunate to end the match like this. I knew that even with an injury I had to just continue playing, trying to win.
“You cannot give easy points just because he’s injured. So I am really sorry for him, hopefully he can recover fast and it’s nothing serious.”
Medvedev will seek his first career Marseille title and 10th overall (first in 2021) against French hope Pierre Hugues-Herbert. The doubles star topped his countryman Ugo Humbert 6-3, 6-2.
Hugues-Herbert beat Medvedev at the 2019 French Open and in the 2015 Marseille qualifying. The 29-year-old has wins this week over Kei Nishikori and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
“looking forward for tomorrow,” Medvedev said of 93rd-ranked Hugues-Herbert. “Luckily this time no crowd, because a final against a French guy in Marseille with a crowd would be not an easy challenge.”
Hugues-Herbert has 19 career doubles titles including four Slams, but has never won an ATP singles crown in three prior tries.
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