World no. 4 Daniil Medvedev is through to the third straight Masters 1000 final following a hard-fought 7-6, 7-5 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in an hour and 36 minutes. It was the fifth victory for the Russian in as many matches against the Greek, scoring the 28th victory in the last 31 encounters after Wimbledon and 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 Medvedev's pace and losing the edge in the shortest range up to four strokes where the Russian forged the win today. Medvedev fended off four out of five break points, 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.
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 up for grabs. Daniil kept coolness and fended them off with two booming serve and a forced error from Stefanos, staying in touch until eh tie break where the servers grabbed the first ten points to remain locked up at 5-5.
Tsitsipas sprayed a forehand error in that 11 the point to send Daniil in front, with the 3rd seed closing the set after a backhand error from the opponent, 51 minutes since the beginning of the clash. Stefanos wasted game points at 1-1 in the second set, suffering a break when Medvedev landed a perfect backhand down the line winner, confirming the break with three service winners and dominating in his games until 5-4 when he served for the triumph.
Out of sudden, Tsitsipas broke back at 15 thanks to a loose forehand from Medvedev, finally doing something more on the return and building confidence ahead of the remaining games. It wasn't to be for him, though, getting broken a few minutes later and allowing Medvedev to seal the deal with three winners in game 12 to move into the final and become the 13th player since 1990 with three consecutive Masters 1000 title matches.