Daniil Medvedev played on a high level in the summer of 2019, reaching four consecutive finals during the North American hard-court swing and winning one title. Daniil lost a tight title clash in Washington to Nick Kyrgios and gathered momentum ahead of Montreal.
Daniil lost 13 games overall in the first three encounters in Canada, reaching the second Masters 1000 semi-final after Monte Carlo thanks to a dominant 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Daniil Medvedev in 57 minutes! A few months earlier in Barcelona, Medvedev won just four games against Thiem and avenged that defeat in Montreal with interest to remain on the title course.
Dominic won the title in Kitzbuhel in the previous week and could not make a quick transition towards a different surface on another continent, beating Denis Shapovalov and Marin Cilic but losing all the energy ahead of the encounter with an in-form Russian.
It was all about Daniil, who hit 18 winners and eight unforced errors, leaving pale opponent on a 9-21 ratio as Dominic never found the rhythm. The Austrian left the court with a grimace on his face, playing miles below his best and ending the campaign in the quarters.
The Russian lost seven points on serve and stole half of those return ones, dominating in the quickest and more extended rallies to impose his shots and forge the advantage with four breaks from nine opportunities.
Daniil Medvedev stormed over Dominic Thiem in Montreal 2019.
In the match's first game, Dominic lost serve when his backhand slice landed long and found himself 2-0 down after Medvedev's hold at love.
Thiem held at 15 in game three to get his name on the scoreboard, unable to deal with Daniil's powerful serve as the Russian opened a 3-1 advantage. Working hard to stay in touch, Thiem grabbed a couple of games on his serve before sending a forehand wide at 3-5 to hand the opener to his opponent after 29 minutes.
Daniil brought the second set's first game home with a lucky net cord forehand winner and earned a break at love in game two following Thiem's double fault. Another forehand winner pushed Daniil 3-0 in front, and he delivered another break in game four to extend the advantage.
The Russian held at 15 with a perfect drop shot to move closer to the finish line, winning twice as many points as Dominic. Serving to avoid a bagel, Thiem saved a match point after a backhand error from the Russian and brought the game home with a smash winner to stay away from a complete disaster.
Serving at 5-1, Daniil landed an ace down the T line to seal the deal in style, racing into the semis where he would face another Russian Karen Khachanov.