The 23-year-old Daniil Medvedev has become the 69th different Masters 1000 champion since 1990, beating David Goffin 7-6, 6-4 in an hour and 39 minutes. Daniil is the fifth Masters 1000 winner from Russia, heading to Cincinnati after losing two finals in Washington and Montreal, determined to change his fortune and win the second ATP title of the season from the sixth final.
In the semis, he managed to overpower world no. 1 Novak Djokovic and save energy for Goffin clash, becoming the youngest champion in Cincinnati since Andy Murray in 2008. With these points, Medvedev will become world no. 5 on Monday, entering the top-5 as the first Russian since Nikolay Davydenko in June 2010, looking better and better to secure the spot at the ATP Finals in November.
It wasn’t the most exciting or the final with the biggest crowd out there and it was Daniil who tamed his shots more efficiently, hitting 21 winners and 14 unforced errors, leaving Goffin on a 20-28 ratio and defending his service games in strong fashion after dropping 13 points in 11 service games.
David converted only one break chance and gave serve away twice, unable to match the rival’s pace despite the fact they both served at around 55%. The Russian fired a backhand down the line in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead before suffering a break at 15 in game seven to keep Goffin in contention.
The Belgian repelled a couple of break chances in the next game and they both served well until the tie break where the Russian grabbed all five mini-breaks for a 7-3 after a double fault from David who also played for the first Masters 1000 crown, just like his rival.
Carried by this momentum, Medvedev broke at 15 at the beginning of the second set and held at love in four straight games to move 5-3 up and serve for the title in game ten. Finally, Goffin created two break chances that the Russian repelled with two booming serves, sealing the deal with a couple of more great serves to cross the finish line and become the champion.