End of series for Daniel Medvedev. Russian World No. 2, who won the title in Toronto last week, fell in the Masters 1000 semifinals in Cincinnati on Saturday, losing three sets (2-6, 6-3, 6-3) to his compatriot Andrei Rublev.
Lying to the world’s 7th expectations, he did not win a single set in his previous four matches with Medvedev (1.98m, 83kg), a finalist at the Australian Open at the start of the season. Year.
In Ohio on Sunday, Rublev will play his fourth final of the year (1 title in Rotterdam). It was the second tournament in the category below the Grand Slam lifts, after losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in Monte Carlo in April.
To win the trophy in Ohio, he will have to find the Greek, who is ranked 3rd in the world, or scrape with German Alexander Zverev (5th), who will face off in the other semi-final.
Rublev had already taken a step forward against an opponent who had not won at all until then. Sinking in the first round, Muscovite seemed to be heading for a fifth defeat in several matches against World No.2.
But he was able to be more aggressive and enter eager, and did not hesitate to force his nature by going to the net as a suitable volley for Stephen Edberg, who was executed at the end of the game. But the inconvenience faced by his opponent may also have raised the standards in his favor.
At the start of the second set, Medvedev hit the camera on the baseline, he kicked, very annoyed. Affected in the left arm and right arm during the shock, he requested a physiotherapist during the transition to the 2019 edition winner side, then in the third round.
No longer dominating, Rublev, who became the world No. 2 aggressor, had to defend himself a lot before. In the thrilling eighth game, which lasted more than 15 minutes in the second set, the 7th World overcame his fifth chance. Before picking up a set (6-3) everywhere, there is no need to defend two breakout balls.
Rublev definitely got the upper hand over his compatriot by breaking him twice in the final set of the match which ended at 2:15. At the women’s event in Cincinnati, World No. 1, Australian Ashley Barty, former World No. 1, did not have much trouble getting rid of German Angelique Kerber (22nd). Wimbledon winner – she has already beaten Kerber in the semifinals – 6-2, 7-5 in 1:15.
Her service ability (12 aces against 1) helped her to measure the triple Grand Slam champion (Australian US Open 2016, Wimbledon 2018).
Barty will try to buy his fifth trophy this season after his titles at the WTA 500 in London, Stuttgart, Miami and Melbourne (Yarra Valley) on Sunday.
For that, she would have to beat the last four surprising guest Swiss Jill Teachman (76th) or Czech Carolina Pliskova (4th) to dominate the Wimbledon final.