The top seed Daniil Medvedev claimed the title at the inaugural Diriyah Tennis Cup, standing strong against all the opponents to take home the trophy and $1 million in prize money. The Russian was supposed to travel to Abu Dhabi for the Mubadala World Tennis Championship but decided to withdraw right after he finished his duties in Saudi Arabia, struggling a little bit with a hip injury and heading to France instead to check how serious it is.
Daniil would have played against Hyeon Chung in the quarter-final in Abu Dhabi ahead of the possible Rafael Nadal clash and the organizers will have to find the solution and make a suitable replacement for world no. 5. In the title match at the Diriyah Tennis Cup, Daniil ousted Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-2 in just over an hour, having the upper hand and using the fact Fabio couldn't give his best due to a back injury.
The Russian never faced a break point and there were four breaks on his tally, controlling the pace and sealing the deal in no time at all. Daniil will take some rest now ahead of the ATP Cup where he should be ready to lead Russia together with Karen Khachanov, seeking the title for his country after skipping the Davis Cup Finals.
Daniil was one of the best players in 2019, scoring the Tour leading 59 victories and claiming four titles overall, including back-to-back Masters 1000 crowns to join the elite and challenge Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
After Wimbledon, Medvedev advanced into six straight finals, playing on a very high level before dropping the last four encounters of the season in Paris and at the ATP Finals on his debut in London.