Shanghai Flashback: Daniil Medvedev tops Stefanos Tsitsipas for sixth straight final

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Shanghai Flashback: Daniil Medvedev tops Stefanos Tsitsipas for sixth straight final

World no. 4 Daniil Medvedev advanced to his third straight Masters 1000 final in Shanghai 2019 thanks to a 7-6, 7-5 victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas in an hour and 36 minutes. It was the fifth victory for the Russian in as many matches against the Greek and the 28th victory in the last 31 encounters after Wimbledon, becoming the 16th player in the Open era with six straight ATP finals!

Daniil had 25 winners and 18 unforced errors, taming his shots nicely and having the upper hand in the decisive moments to seal the deal in straight sets and earn at least 600 points that would send him in front of Roger Federer in the ATP Race.

Stefanos made too many errors from both wings, unable to follow Daniil's pace and losing the edge in the shortest range up to four strokes, where the Russian forged the win. Medvedev fended off four out of five break chances, playing one loose service game in the worst possible moment but bouncing back instantly to bring the win home with the second break of the second set.

Daniil Medvedev defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the 2019 Shanghai semi-final.

The returners claimed only 15 points in the entire opening set, with 11 commanding holds on both sides and a massive opportunity for the Greek at 4-4 when he had three break chances.

Daniil kept coolness and fended them off with two booming serve and Stefanos' forced error to stay in touch until the tie break. The servers grabbed the first ten points to remain locked at 5-5 before Tsitsipas sprayed a forehand error in the 11th point to send Daniil in front.

The 3rd seed closed the set after his rival's backhand error and gathered momentum. Stefanos wasted game points at 1-1 in the second set before suffering a break when Medvedev landed a perfect backhand down the line winner.

The Russian confirmed the break with three service winners and dominated his games until 5-4, when he served for the triumph. Out of a sudden, Tsitsipas broke back at 15 thanks to Medvedev's loose forehand, finally doing something more on the return and building confidence ahead of the remaining games.

It was not to be for him, though, getting broken a few minutes later and allowing Medvedev to seal the deal with three winners in game 12 for a place in the final. Thus, Daniil became the 13th player since 1990 with three consecutive Masters 1000 title matches.