World no. 3 Daniil Medvedev is a win away from defending an ATP title for the first time in a career in Vienna! The top seed took down Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 7-6 in an hour and 44 minutes, advancing into his ninth ATP final of the season.
Daniil and Stefanos met for the 13th time, and the Russian secured his ninth victory, the second in 2023 from as many encounters. Medvedev served at 72% and produced reliable numbers behind the initial shot, defending all three break chances in one loose service game and keeping the pressure on the other side.
Tsitsipas fought well and stayed in touch, taking only seven points fewer than Medvedev and saving four out of five break points. Daniil grabbed a break in the opener and prevailed in the second set tie break to emerge at the top and remain on the title course.
It was a high-quality clash, with more winners than errors on both sides. Daniil stood on a 22-10 ratio, taming his strokes nicely and firing 24 service winners.
Daniil Medvedev defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets in Vienna.
Medvedev built a slight advantage in the shortest range up to four strokes, leading him toward the finish line.
Stefanos held at 30 in the encounter's first game with a forehand drive-volley winner. Medvedev faced issues behind the initial shot in the fourth game. He saved three break points and landed an ace to wrap up the game and lock the result at 2-2.
Daniil held in game six with a forehand drive-volley winner for 3-3 and pushed strong on the return in the next one. The Russian seized the second break point, opening a 4-3 gap and driving in front. Medvedev fired a service winner in the eighth game, moving 5-3 in front and forcing Tsitsipas to serve to stay in the set.
Stefanos held at love in game nine to prolong the set before Daniil cracked a service winner in the next one for 6-4 after 39 minutes. Both players served well early in the second set, and Daniil held at love in game six for 3-3.
Stefanos netted a volley in the seventh game, facing two break points. The Greek denied them with winners and produced a hold that kept him in touch. Medvedev served to stay in the set in game ten, holding at 15 for 5-5. Tsitsipas saved a break point in the 11th game and fought well in the tie break.
Daniil moved 5-3 in front with a volley attack before Stefanos climbed back to 5-5. Tsitsipas denied a match point at 5-6 with a powerful serve before placing a forehand wide at 6-7, propelling Medvedev into the title clash.