In the evening session on the opening day of the inaugural Diriyah Tennis Cup, Daniil Medvedev and David Goffin scored wins over the lower-ranked rivals to join Gael Monfils and Fabio Fognini in the semis. The US Open finalist and world no.
5 took down Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-1 after a dominant display on both serve and return, making the perfect start of his 2020 preparations. Daniil lost around seven points behind the initial shot, never facing break points and mounting the pressure on the other side of the net, something Struff couldn't endure after getting broken twice in each set.
Settling into a nice rhythm right from the start, Medvedev grabbed a break in the fifth game when the German netted a forehand, cementing the break with a hold at 15 and an ace in the next game and closing the opener with another break in game nine.
The Russian barely lost a point on serve in set number two, earning a break in game two with a forehand winner and opening a 4-0 advantage with another one in game four. Serving for the triumph at 5-1, Medvedev landed three winners to seal the deal and advance into the semi-final where he plays against David Goffin.
In the battle of two good friends, David ousted Lucas Pouille 6-2, 6-4, joining Daniil in the semi-final clash. The Belgian lost serve once and delivered four breaks on the other side, staying focused despite a little setback in the second set and sealing the deal in no time at all.
Pouille sprayed a forehand error in the first game to get broken, wasting a break chance at 1-2 and finding himself 5-2 down after another break for David who clinched the set with four winners in the next game. The Belgian scored a break at the beginning of the second set as well thanks to a deep return, staying in front until game eight when Pouille broke back following a double fault from his opponent.
Instead of building on that momentum, Lucas wasted game points in game nine to suffer the fourth break, allowing Goffin to seal the deal with a comfortable hold a few minutes later.