Daniil Medvedev collected his first title of 2021 and 10th of his career Sunday in Marseille beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-4.
“I am really happy about the number 10. It gets me to two digits, something which I dreamt of when I was a kid,” said Medvedev who is now 14-2 on the year. “I think it is already a great number, but I am going to try to work more and get some more… I really like to play on hard courts. I feel like that is where my game suits me the best. I feel like I know the solutions I have to find during the match and that is what I did today.”
In a tight 2 hour, 11 minute affair, Medvedev only put the match away breaking the Frenchman at 5-4 in the third.
“Pierre-Hugues can play unbelievable tennis. I know what he is capable of,” said Medvedev. “I played a lot of tough matches with him, especially when I lost in the Roland Garros first round. Today was a tricky, tough match and I am really happy that I managed to be on top and get the win.”
The 29-year-old Herbert was seeking his first career ATP final. He falls to 0-4 in finals.
“It has been an incredible week. I played five really high-level matches. This is what I am proud of,” said Herbert. “I lost to someone who was just better, the full match. I managed to hold on and have a chance to win in the third set, but he was just too good.”
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