Russia’s Daniil Medvedev has claimed his first ATP Masters 1000 title at the Western and Southern Open, defeating David Goffin 7-6(3), 6-4, extending a dominant run of the form that saw him reach three finals in three weeks.
This victory also indicates that the 23-year-old will become world number five soon. Medvedev who is currently eighth in world ranking held his nerve in the first set tie-break and broke serve immediately in the second before arranging the win in 1 hour and 41 minutes.
“It’s hard to find words,” the beaming winner told after the match.
It is the hard work I have been putting in. It would be good to lose three finals in a row, so I am 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.”
The pressure was expressed to some extent in the final game when Medvedev hurled his racquet to the ground after losing a point, but he regained his composure and fight to clinch his fifth title in two years.
Medvedev leads ATP Tour with 44 match wins this year, which includes a tour-leading 31 on hard-courts.