Medvedev Sweeps Past Thiem Into Montreal Semi-finals
In-form Russian steps up bid for Nitto ATP Finals spot
Daniil Medvedev swept past Dominic Thiem on Friday afternoon at the Coupe Rogers for a place in his second ATP Masters 1000 semi-final of the season. The eighth-seeded Russian, who broke into the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings for the first time on 15 July, barely put a foot wrong in a 6-3, 6-1 victory which saw second seed Thiem’s six-match winning streak end.
"Of course, I was expecting a tougher match," said Medvedev. "I was happy that I was able to play so well, to beat him so easily. It saved me a lot of energy. It gave me a lot of confidence, so I'm very happy."
Medvedev, who continues to press his claim for a first-time qualification to the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 in London from 10-17 November, has lost just 13 games in three matches this week. Currently seventh in the 2019 ATP Race To London, last week’s Citi Open finalist (l. to Kyrgios) will now prepare to face fellow Russian and sixth seed Karen Khachanov, against whom he is 1-1 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.
The 23-year-old continued his run of form by breaking his out-of-sorts Austrian opponent in the first game of the match and while Thiem looked to be working his way back into the first set, a 13th unforced error at 3-5 handed Medvedev the 33-minute opener.
Medvedev then won 16 of the first 17 points in the second set, and while he failed to convert one match point on Thiem’s serve at 5-0, he recorded his first win over last week’s Generali Open champion in just 57 minutes. Medvedev struck six aces and won 22 of 23 first-service points against Thiem, who is now 31-12 on the season.
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“With all the traveling and short transition, two very tough matches yesterday and two days ago, I think the battery was empty today,” admitted Thiem. “I was not on my 100 per cent. This is just not enough in a quarter-finals of a Masters 1000, especially against a guy like Daniil, who is in a great shape [and] is playing amazing tennis. I was not able to go the long rallies with him. That's basically the only chance to beat him.”
Medvedev has compiled a 37-15 match record in 2019, which includes the Sofia Open crown (d. Fucsovics) in February. He advanced to his first Masters 1000-level semi-final at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters (l. to Lajovic) in April.