London-Bound Medvedev Continues Tear With Another Title
Good luck trying to slow down Russian Daniil Medvedev en route to the Nitto ATP Finals this November. The 23-year-old Russian, who will make his debut at The O2 in London, won his third title of the season on Sunday, ousting Croatian Borna Coric 6-3, 6-1 at the St. Petersburg Open.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” said Medvedev. “I decided that after Cincinnati [d. Goffin], my style is going to be to try not to show any emotions when I win. I find it funny for myself… for my own reasons, and that’s what I did today, but I was extremely happy and it was tough to hide my emotions.”
Medvedev was playing in his fifth consecutive final after making title matches in Washington (l. to Kyrgios), Montreal (l. to Nadal), Cincinnati (d. Goffin) and the US Open (l. to Nadal) during the North American hard-court swing.
The World No. 4, who clinched his Nitto ATP Finals berth in New York, has won 24 of his past 27 matches and leads the ATP Tour in wins this season (54-17). His title in St. Petersburg is his first in his native Russia and the sixth of his career. Medvedev became the first Russian to win the St. Petersburg title since Mikhail Youzhny 15 years ago, in 2004.
Coric led their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 4-1, which included two indoor hard-court wins, at the 2018 Rolex Paris Masters and their maiden meeting, at the 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. But Medvedev showed how much he has improved in the past couple years as he broke twice in the opening set against the 22-year-old Coric.
“After the match, you could see how happy I was. Especially beating Borna, who is an amazing player," said Medvedev. "I lost three times to him last year in a row. It was an amazing final and an amazing week. Many people didn’t believe in me this week… I came here to win and I did it.”
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Coric tried to keep Medvedev off balance, offering a steady dose of slices to both sides. But the Russian was too consistent and wasn't bothered by any of it for too long. He broke twice more in the second set. Medvedev never faced a break point.
“He was the much better player on the court. He did all the aspects better than me. I tried pretty much everything, all the tactics, all that I could think of. It didn't work. He had answers to every question of mine,” Coric said.
Medvedev will receive 250 ATP Rankings points and $203,410 in prize money. Coric, who was playing in his first final since the Rolex Shanghai Masters last October, will receive 150 ATP Rankings points and $109,990 in prize money.