The US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev and Monte Carlo champion Fabio Fognini will compete in the final of the inaugural Diriyah Tennis Cup. World no. 5 defeated David Goffin 6-3, 6-3 to deliver the second commanding victory and move closer to the title, facing only one break point in the entire clash and mounting the pressure on David all the time.
The Russian broke at 15 in the third game following a backhand error from the Belgian, fending off a break chance in the sixth game and closing the set with another break in game nine for a 6-3. Goffin fended off three break points in the second game of the second set, staying in touch until the sixth game when his forehand landed long to suffer a break at 15 and push Daniil in front.
Serving for the victory at 5-3, Medvedev landed an ace down the T line to seal the deal and set the final clash against Fabio Fognini. The Italian ousted Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4, delivering nine comfortable holds and never dropping serve.
The Frenchman had to play on a high level to match that pace and that didn't happen, getting broken once in each set to miss the opportunity for competing in the final. Settling into an excellent rhythm, Fabio had the upper hand in the first set with rock-solid performance behind the initial shot and scoring a break in the fifth game when Gael sprayed a forehand error.
Serving for the set at 5-4, Fabio fired three winners to close the set in style, fending off three break chances in the second game of the second set with some brave hitting to keep serve intact. With the momentum on his side, Fognini grabbed a break in the next game following a forehand mistake from Gael, serving well in the rest of the set and moving over the top after a hold at 15 in the tenth game.